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Meet the IPTC and learn about rNews @ The New York Times, AP and Getty Images

10th Berlin Semantic Web Meetup - Meet the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) and learn about rNews

Session-Level: Introductory-Beginner
Session-Type: Technology-Standards

Web publishers harbor a wealth of information about their content including bylines, thumbnails, images, datelines, tags and summaries.  Unfortunately, this data resides behind the scenes in offline databases. By the time this data is rendered into HTML and sent to your browser, almost all of its underlying structure is lost. This has several negative consequences for the web publishing industry.

The social, search and aggregation sites that publishers rely on for referral traffic have little structured data to format links attractively. Furthermore advertising networks don't have access to article tags, a valuable source for contextual clues.  Search engines are left to guess at which portions of a document contain actual content and which contain advertising and navigation data. Screen readers for the sight-impaired have no reliable method of determining which portions of the page to voice. 

To address these shortcomings, The International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) has developed rNews - a new standard for embedding publishing metadata into online documents using RDFa.  At this month's event, members of the IPTC will provide us with an overview of their organizations, argue the business case for semantic markup, introduce us to RDF/RDFa, and give us a thorough introduction to rNews. 

The IPTC is a consortium of the world's major news agencies, news publishers and news industry vendors. It develops and maintains technical standards for improved news exchange that are used by virtually every major news organization in the world. The IPTC's latest standard is now rNews - a new standard for embedding publishing metadata into HTML documents using RDFa.

The floor opens at 5.30pm, please make sure to bring your ID for the security desk check-in.

Welcome 6.00pm

Peter Buhr - Semantic Technologies at Axel Springer AG, Media Systems


Andreas Gebhard - Getty Images
Stuart Myles - The Associated Press
Evan Sandhaus - The New York Times Company


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  • Frauke W.

    Sehr spannend - very interesting talks; gives new perspectives on how to move on in the semantic web context. Außerdem auch sehr nette Location. Gibt es die Folien/Can we get the slides?

    June 8, 2011

  • Holger K.

    Very insteresting Meetup about upcoming Semantic Web Standard for describing news articles and relations around them.

    June 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative presentations and discussions. I would like to see rNews adopted by publishers from the D-A-CH region. We are on stand-by to fill the gap of the still missing concept hierarchies. Talk to us.

    June 8, 2011

  • Adrian P.

    Great Meetup - addressing a hot topic! Thanks to Andreas, Stuart and Evan for coming all the way from New York to Berlin and giving us an insight into the new rNews standard of the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC). Many thanks also to Peter Buhr and Axel Springer Media Systems for organizing and hosting this event at such a great venue with a beautiful view of the city of Berlin.

    June 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great speakers, great audience.
    More interactivity (more open format than straight talks) would make it easier for the listeners to understand the point.

    June 8, 2011

  • Jörg W.

    It?s a really interesting Meetup I would attend. But there is the SemTech in San Francisco in the same week. For me the SemTech is the most important event for the semantic community.

    June 1, 2011

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