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April 9, 2011

Announcement on rNews

Filed under: Semantic Web,Work Related — Ivan Herman @ 6:38
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A few days ago IPTC published a press release on rNews: “Standard draft for embedding metadata in online news”. This is, potentially, a huge thing for Linked Data and the Semantic Web. Without going into too much technical details (no reason to repeat what is on the IPTC pages on rNews, you can look it up there) what this means is that, potentially, all major online news services on the globe, from the Associated Press to the AFP, or from the New York Times to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, will have have their news items enriched with metadata, and this metadata will be expressed in RDFa. In other words, the news items will be usable, by extracting RDF, as part of any Semantic Web applications, can be mashed up with other types of data easily, etc. In short, news item will become a major part of the Semantic Web landscape with the extra specificity to be an extremely dynamic set of data that is renewed every day. That is exciting!

Of course, it will take some time to get there, but we should realize that IPTC is the major standard setting body in the news publishing world. I.e., rNews has a major chance to be largely adopted. It is time for the Semantic Web community to pay attention…

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2 Comments

  1. IMHO, this is all super and everything, but, what really matters is honest journalism at the end of the day. Building a good ‘trust’ model is the next key step.

    Comment by Sarven Capadisli — April 9, 2011 @ 19:25

  2. […] zu beobachten sein. Geradezu euphorisch hat sich schon mal der W3C-Experte fürs semantische Web, Ivan Herman, geäußert: Mit Hilfe von rNews könnten alle großen Online-News-Portale der Welt – […]

    Pingback by rNews: Nachrichten fürs semantische Web | XML-Ecke — April 11, 2011 @ 23:01


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