In 2008, we wrote about WebTables, an effort to exploit the large and diverse set of structured databases casually published online in the form of HTML tables. The past decade has seen a flurry of research and commercial activities around the WebTables project itself, as well as the broad topic of informal online structured data. In this paper, we1 will review the WebTables project, and try to place it in the broader context of the decade of work that followed. We will also show how the progress over the past ten years sets up an exciting agenda for the future, and will draw upon many corners of the data management community.
Michael Cafarella, Alon Halevy, Hongrae Lee, Cong Yu,