I think you can see where the future of data lies when you start to look at examples like this. Structured data is fast going to become a requirement:
BBC – Things Welcome. BBC Things provides a single reference for a growing collection of the things that matter to the BBC and our audiences. It uses Semantic Web technologies that allow open access to our data and is built on top of our Linked Data Platform. The types of data we maintain about things can be …
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I just did a search in both Things and their content looking for how they might be using that data, nothing too in your face has popped out visibly in the page – haven't viewed the source for the page yet.
As an aside, looks like BBC are following The Guardian and moving from bbc.co.uk over to bbc.com – I'm getting redirects left right and centre at the moment.
Comment by Alistair Lattimore — January 7, 2015 @ 12:13 pm
That's odd. I always understood that the .com belonged to the commercial side, and the .co.uk to the semi-state side. I'm guessing that due to their public role in UK they wont be moving to .com anytime soon.
On the structured data front – I think it's more to do with building ontologies around their content, so that e.g. they can relate all sorts of things to programs, series, news items etc. Check out musicians and they can tell you what they sang and which groups they belong to etc, It doesn't sound like much, but when you consider that these relationships are implied rather than applied you can see some of the power here.
Comment by Richard Hearne — January 7, 2015 @ 2:18 pm
Since it was developed for the Olympics 2012 I tried http://www.bbc.co.uk/things/1611dd89-bd90-4e67-ab0d-6a721ae56fe5#id
Not sure if singers are a good example:http://www.bbc.co.uk/things/search?q=Jessica+Ellen+Cornishversushttp://www.bbc.co.uk/things/70ac57d5-9e84-4874-a547-9f7af25da780
Comment by Edwin Jonk — January 7, 2015 @ 3:20 pm
I have to admit I have no idea who that singer is, but it's safe to say that their corpus is meant to be representative of the content they hold. If you looks for artists whose music/content might appear on BBC TV you'll see they have a lot of linked data. Try Elton John or Bono.
Here's U2: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/a3cb23fc-acd3-4ce0-8f36-1e5aa6a18432
You can see how they relate stories about Bono, and various music clips. It#s safe to assume that's all related via linked data. Sadly you cant see most of this via the Things search, but I assume that's what's going on here.
Comment by Richard Hearne — January 7, 2015 @ 3:32 pm
I have to admit I have no idea who that singer is__maybe this will help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzoyDILKlhY
Comment by Edwin Jonk — January 7, 2015 @ 4:05 pm
Nope. Still no clue who she is. I obviously need to get out more
Comment by Richard Hearne — January 7, 2015 @ 4:21 pm
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