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Over the past few months Silk has been in private beta. Only the first 10,000 users could sign up and create a Silk site. It has been both exciting and insightful to see the first groups of users creating Silk sites. It teaches us what aspects of Silk are appreciated and where we can improve.
We have seen interest from professional publishers and data journalists, but also from businesses and personal users. During the private beta, we allowed users to use the Silk web editor to structure existing content and to build entirely new websites. Many users tried our importer tools to turn existing datasets into structured Silk sites. If you are curious by now, you may sign up here.
A structured web
If you have been following us, you know that Silk sites are websites that can be understood by both humans and computers. This enables an entirely new kind of web search and new powerful ways to visualize information.
The Silk sites that have been created so far demonstrate how Silk impacts the way information is consumed. For example, the Countries of the world site contains information about the various countries in the world, just like Wikipedia does. The site contains text like any other website, but allows you to interact with the content more deeply. It is like a database that anyone can use. Want to know which countries have a life expectancy below 60, for example? It is easy to get the answer in a table, chart or map.
Now that we have launched, more new Silk sites will be created each day. You can create your own site here. Making information available through Silk will make the web a better place, one Silk site at a time.