BBC core news data model

I blogged previously my early thinking about how we needed a core news model to describe basic real-world concepts (people, places, organisations) in the context of a news event, and that those events could be organised into stories. A couple of months on and we have got that corenews model installed in the BBC’s linked data platform, and journalists are now able to annotate news content with these concepts.

The URI for the model is http://bbc.co.uk/ontologies/news/ and you can get HTML or RDF/turtle from that address. The updated ontology diagram looks like this:

core news ontology diagram

You might notice that the stories class has been pulled out of here; there’s a lot of interest at the BBC and other news organisations in to how linked data and story-telling can work. We kicked off a project to collaborate with The Guardian and PA on an open model for this, which I will blog more about soon.

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