Releasing the Times thesaurus is consistent with our TimesOpen strategy. We want to facilitate access to slices of our data for those who want to include Times content in their applications. Our TimesTags API already makes available our most frequently used tags, the 27,000 that power our topics pages. But the new effort will go well beyond that. We plan to release hundreds of thousands of tags from the corpus back to 1980, and later, in a second phase, hundreds of thousands more going back to 1851.Here is some more material on the Linked data initiative.
And my post from earlier this month on a PWC report discussing Linked Data and the semantic web: PND