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Exploring the Notability Gender Gap (Freebase, BigQuery, Maps)

Felipe Hoffa (Google), Shawn Simister (Google), Ewa Gasperowicz (Google)
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Freebase is a database that holds over a billion facts on more than 40 million real-world-entities. Working with these 88 GB of uncompressed data brings its own challenges. To explore this dataset, we’ll have on stage representatives of 3 Google teams: Freebase, Big Data, and Maps.

The gender gap is a big social issue that needs to be quantified. When looking at Freebase data, women notable enough to be in this database seem underrepresented compared to men. Digging deeper, we can see differences between geographic locations, professions, and ages.

We’ll look into the technical how-to: You’ll learn what the freebase entities represent. We’ll show you how we were able to query this massive dataset in seconds. And how to explore all these insights in an interactive map.

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Felipe Hoffa

Developer Advocate, Google

Felipe Hoffa joined Google in 2011 as a Software Engineer. As a member of the Google Cloud Platform team, he works with external developers to build applications on Google’s big data platforms.

Shawn Simister

Developer Programs Engineer, Google

Shawn works in developer relations at Google as part of the Knowledge team.

Ewa Gasperowicz

Developer Programs Engineer, Google

Front-end developer and HTML5 fan. Currently working as a Developer Programs Engineer with Knowledge team at Google. Deeply involved in Structured Data, Google Knowledge Graph and Custom Search.