Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

Semantic Web Jobs: BBC

bbcThe BBC is looking for Software Engineers at every level in Salford, UK. According to the post, “Platform API is BBC Future Media’s new Salford based API team, with the mission to make life easier for application and website developers who work with the BBC’s content, and to accelerate innovation in our online products. Our APIs power all the BBCs product areas – iPlayer, News, Sport, Weather, Children’s, Knowledge & Learning – as well as many external & partner products such as and Youview. If this sounds like an exciting challenge for you, we look forward to speaking to you!” Read more

Daedalus Takes Meaning-As-A-Service To Excel, GATE And CMS Systems

meaningasaserviceDaedalus (which The Semantic Web Blog originally covered here) has just made its Textalytics meaning-as-a-service APIs available for Excel and GATE (General Architecture for Text Engineering), a JAVA suite of tools used for natural language processing tasks, including information extraction in many languages. Connecting its semantic analysis tools with these systems is one step in a larger plan to extend its integration capabilities with more API plug-ins.

“For us, integration options are a way to lower barriers to adoption and to foster the development of an ecosystem around Textalytics,” says Antonio Matarranz, who leads marketing and sales for Daedalus. The three main ecosystem scenarios, he says, include personal productivity tools, of which the Excel add-in is an example, and NLP environments, of which GATE is an example. “But UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Applications) is also a target,” he says. The list also is slated to include content management systems and search engines, among them open source systems like WordPress, Drupal, and Elasticsearch.

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Elasticsearch 1.0 Takes Realtime Search To The Next Level

esearchpixElasticSearch 1.0 launches today, combining Elasticsearch realtime search and analytics, Logstash (which helps you take logs and other event data from your systems and store them in a central place), and Kibana (for graphing and analyzing logs) in an end-to-end stack designed to be a complete platform for data interaction. This first major update of the solution that delivers actionable insights in real-time from almost any type of structured and unstructured data source follows on the heels of the release of the commercial monitoring solution Elasticsearch Marvel, which gives users insight into the health of Elasticsearch clusters.

Organizations from Wikimedia to Netflix to Facebook today take advantage of Elasticsearch, which vp of engineering Kevin Kluge says is distinguished by its focus from its open-source start four years ago on realtime search in a distributed fashion. The native JSON and RESTful search tool “has intelligence where when it gets a new field that it hasn’t seen before, it discerns from the content of the field what type of data it is,” he explains. Users can optionally define schemas if they want, or be more freeform and very quickly add new styles of data and still profit from easier management and administration, he says.

Models also exist for using JSON-LD to represent RDF in a manner that can be indexed by Elasticsearch. The BBC World Service Archive prototype, in fact, uses an index based on ElasticSearch and constructed from the RDF data held in a central triple store to make sure its search engine and aggregation pages are quick enough.

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Winners of the 2013 Semantic Web Challenge Announced at the International Semantic Web Conference


OXFORD, England, October 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, congratulates the winners of the 2013 Semantic Web Challenge (SWC). Determined by a jury of leading experts in computer semantics from both academia and industry, the winners were announced at the 12th International Semantic Web Conference held in Sydney, Australia, October 21-25. The challenge and allocated prizes were sponsored by Elsevier. Read more

Keep It Simple, Smarty: How the BBC Is Expanding Their Linked Data Platform

At the Semantic Technology and Business Conference last June in San Francisco, David Rogers of the BBC was on-hand to educate attendees on the origins and progress of the BBC’s impressive Linked Data Platform. In his presentation, Rogers — who serves as Senior Technical Architect for BBC Future Media (News & Knowledge) — explained how the news giant’s use of semantic technologies has evolved since they first turned to Linked Data to better report on the 2010 World Cup. Currently, the BBC Linked Data Platform works with content across the company, including news, sports, music, location, and learning.

Rogers started things off with a little history. Leading up to the 2010 World Cup, the BBC wanted to create a sports website, and they found that RDF triplestores were the best way to connect and organize their player, team, and tournament information. Pleased with what they’d accomplished, the BBC amped things up a few notches for the 2012 Olympics. Everything got scaled up, their data became more dynamic, and all while relying on the simplest metadata possible. Before the Olympics, the BBC Sports website had information on 300 athletes. By the end, 1,100 athletes were covered semantically, allowing the BBC’s vast pool of reporters to all draw upon the same data and interlink their content in an easily discoverable manner. Read more

The Potential of the News Storyline Ontology

Our own Jenny Zaino recently discussed the development of the News Storyline Ontology. Now, Robin Pembrooke of the BBC has more on how the new ontology is being used at the BBC. He writes, “The BBC believes in distributing its work to the wider industry in order to benefit users and other online publishers. One aspect of this is the thinking around the use of metadata in BBC News stories, how we tag our articles, pictures and video clips to make our content easier to find and more accessible. This year a group of like-minded data architects from a number of UK publishers, including The Guardian and The Press Association, have been informally working on a data model that supports how stories like these are told and they’ve found a lot of common ground in their thinking.” Read more

Read All About It: News Storyline Ontology Goes To Press

The News Storyline Ontology wants to make it easier for journalists to deal with the world as they understand it – that is,  in terms of stories and curated narrative arcs over world events. The ontology aims to be a generic model for describing and organizing the stories news organizations tell, while supporting whatever their approach is to handling those stories. It provides, in other words, a model for the news itself: how different stories relate to each other, how breaking news evolves and how the commonplace entities of people, places, organizations and events relate to news stories.

“The first benefit is for the news organization itself to organize things, but it also lets them put together web pages more flexibly and closer to the way we access information as humans,” says Jarred McGinnis, one of the authors of the ontology. Formerly head of research, semantic technologies at Press Association, he is now an independent consultant in semantics at his firm Logomachy Ltd. Fellow authors are Jeremy Tarling, BBC News data architect, and a former BBCer, Paul Wilton, previously technical lead, semantic publishing and now founder and technical architect at Ontoba, which specializes in semantic publishing.

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Financial Times Names ex-BBC Exec New CTO

Derek du Preez of Computer World reports, “The Financial Times (FT) has appointed John O’Donovan as its new Chief Technology Officer, who will lead the FT’s technology strategy across development and operations teams. O’Donovan joins the publication from the Press Association, where he was director of architecture and development, and has also previously worked as the chief architect for BBC News, Sport and Weather. Whilst at the BBC, O’Donovan played a key role in building some of the company’s flagship products, such as the BBC iPlayer, as well as the widely used sport APIs for the Olympics Data Feed.”

John O'Donovan of The Press Association at Semantic Tech & Business, London, 2011He continues, “The FT said that O’Donovan has ‘delivered influential technical strategies that have become widely adopted, using semantic technologies and architectural patterns for dealing with complex integration in modern technical environments.’ Read more

Linked Data at the BBC: The Latest Advances

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.” Read more

Tim Berners-Lee Discusses Dynamic Capabilities of HTML5, Open Web Access

In a recent interview with the BBC, Sir Tim Berners-Lee described what he believes will be the dynamic future of the web. The article states, “Sir Tim Berners Lee, the man credited with inventing the world wide web, has said that he sees the internet becoming more dynamic with web pages able to do “more amazing things” as technology advances. He spoke to the BBC’s Jon Sopel from Davos, Switzerland, where political and business leaders have gathered for the World Economic Forum.” Read more