Linklog extra: More links from news:rewired
I was really taken aback today by how positively the linked data and semantic web session at news:rewired seemed to be received. There was a wave of positive tweets, with more than one person suggesting that their brain had been blown away by the possibilities it opened up. Of course, as we said on the panel, there are plenty of problems with our current data structures and common identifiers, and we need to take care of the production overheads in marking data up. But from the stage at least, the session seemed to go well, not least because of the expert moderation of Kathryn Corrick and her 'hat of shame' for over-running.
Whilst the talk was taking place, I automagically ambiently published all the links contained in it. There were a few other things mentioned during the discussion afterwards and in the presentations, and I thought it might be worth just noting them.
- My blog post on whether journalists need to be programmers - yes and no.
- hNews is a metadata standard proposed for news by the Media Standards Trust.
- OpenCalais processes text to extract entities like real names, geographical names and companies.
- This is the explorer of the recent government spending data that my colleague Mat Wall built, which featured in Simon's presentation.
- The interactives exploring the Wikileaks data can be found on The Guardian's Afghan War Logs and Iraq War Logs tag pages.
- The article about the domain-driven design process of building our content management system can be found here: Domain-Driven Design in an evolving architecture
- Definitions of: Microformats, RDF, OWL, SPARQL
- The linking open data diagram that kept cropping up in the slides
- I tweeted out a URL listing all my blogposts about linked data, the semantic web and journalism
A couple of other presenters showed quite a few examples of things from the Guardian website. Our own Alastair Dant showed the World Cup Twitter replay, 3-way election swing-o-meter, and spending cuts 'game'.
That was my last presentation of this year - but I've already got two lined up for January. If you are at the Guardian, and I'm thrilled that one of today's key organisers Laura Oliver will be by then, you'll be able to see me doing 'No more us and them' in the conference room as an internal event on January 25th. On the following day, I'll be reprising it at the Leeds Community News Hub.