Paul Wilton was Technical and development lead for semantic publishing at BBC News and Sport Online during the 2010 World Cup. Currently he is the Technical architect at Ontoba. In this interview, a supplement to “Dynamic Semantic Publishing for Beginners”, Paul describes the current landscape for DSP as it applies to news organizations.
Q. Are you seeing a wide disparity in the way that news organizations have approached the creation and use of semantically-linked (or annotated) content?
A. Actually the pattern and often the (general) technical architecture is surprisingly similar. Where things differ are the applications, models used and instance data. This is undoubtedly bleeding edge technology, and typically the impetus to begin investigating the use of linked data, RDF and semantics in the technology stack has come from within the Information Architecture and R&D teams, not from the offices of the CTO/CIO. Maybe this is starting to change now.
Q. Do many news organizations have the resources (staff and/or Content Management Systems) that are able to publish and use semantic data?
A. Not in our experience, but this shouldn’t be a barrier to integrating semantic technologies and publishing linked data.
The key components to adopting semantic publishing – a semantic repository (triple store); appropriate linked data sets; and the ability to semantically annotate your content – can be built alongside an existing Content Management System. Read more