We recently reported on the New York Times new testing and collaboration platform, beta620. A recent article reports that, “An interesting Semantic Web experiment went live this week [on beta620] called Longitude. As the name suggests, it presents a geographical interface for accessing content from The Times. It uses The Time’s large store of metadata, along with Linked Open Data from the Web.”

The article continues, “Longitude displays a set of ‘Times T’ pins plotted out in a Google Map. According to an explanatory blog post, the locations for these pins were all derived from Geonames – a worldwide geographical database. Clicking on a pin pops up a balloon containing ten recent Times articles relevant to that location. Additionally, some locations have one or two additional tabs: ‘Natives’ and/or ‘Companies.’ Clicking on those tabs presents you with list of locally-born people and locally-headquartered organizations.”

The article adds, “It’s a relatively small project, but this type of functionality may become a part of your future news reading experience. For a national (indeed, international) publication like The Times, it’s often interesting to see what stories local to you have been published. Also which local people and companies have been in the news recently. It’s encouraging to see Linked Data continuing its push into commercial areas like this.”

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