Oli Bartlett of the BBC recently discussed the latest uses of linked data at the BBC. He writes, “The Linked Data Platform is one of the legacies of the BBC Sport 2012 Olympics website. You may have read my blog post on the work we did for the Olympic Data Service. One aspect of the service delivered the semantic framework for the 10,000 athlete pages and a page per event, discipline, country and venue. This framework provides the semantic graph of data (the linked data containing the athletes, events and venues and their associations with each other) and the APIs on this data. It was all built on the Dynamic Semantic Publishing (DSP) platform which facilitates the publication of automated metadata driven web pages and had originally been developed for the football World Cup in 2010.”

He goes on, “The Linked Data Platform is the natural evolution of DSP. It builds on the idea of applying semantic tags to News and Sport articles by allowing tagging of any BBC content. Also it provides the processes and tools needed to store and query linked data in any subject which may be of interest to the BBC from the original sport data (football and Olympics) to the UK schools’ curricula, politics, nature, music and more. I’m getting a little ahead of myself. It will do these things but we’re not quite there yet. Let’s wind back a bit. Every day the BBC creates thousands of creative works for its website including news articles, television and radio programmes, blog posts, recipes and learning resources to name a few. Each of these content types is stored in a content management system (CMS) along with its own set of metadata appropriate for how the content is used.”

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