A recent article reports, “Draft version 0.5 of rNews, a standard model for embedding machine-readable metadata in online news, was approved at the International Press Telecommunications Council’s [IPTC] Annual General Meeting in Berlin, Germany. This version clarifies, simplifies and expands the rNews model and incorporates much of the feedback that the IPTC has received about the first draft. The IPTC is also releasing the recommended RDFa implementation for rNews 0.5 and plans to provide mappings to other markup mechanisms, such as HTML5 microdata and JSON. This will give publishers a choice of how to implement the model, using the technologies that best meet their needs.”

Stuart Myles, lead of the IPTC Semantic Web Working Group said, “rNews unlocks the value of publishing metadata for online news by making it easy to apply in a standard way, using pure web technologies… The IPTC is happy to see the significant interest generated by the first draft of rNews. We pledge to bring the standard to production-readiness in the next few months.”

The article continues, “rNews was developed by the IPTC and further public feedback is welcome. Specifications and best practices for implementation are available at http://dev.iptc.org/rNews. The IPTC expects to release more draft versions in coming months and aims to approve the first production release in October 2011. rNews draft 0.5 was also presented at the SemTech conference in San Francisco, USA, on 8 June 2011 and discussed by a wide audience there.”

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