MarkLogic User Group London: Jem Rayfield

The July MUGL meeting on July 10 will feature Jem Rayfield (@jemrayfield), Lead Technical Architect of Future Media and Technology at the BBC.  The BBC has been building a major new system based on MarkLogic to handle the flood of data from the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London.  Jem has agreed to take a breather before the deluge to stop by and have a beer and tell us about the project.


In this talk, Jem describes the latest developments in the transformational technology strategy the BBC Future Media & Technology department is using to evolve from a relational content model and static publishing framework to a fully Dynamic Semantic Publishing (DSP) architecture. This approach uses XML/XQuery and linked data technology to automate the aggregation, publishing and re-purposing of interrelated content objects according to an ontological domain-modelled information architecture, providing a greatly improved user experience and high levels of user engagement. The BBC's World Cup web site was the first showcase of DSP, and probably the first major implementation of semantic web technologies on a commercial media site. In 2012, the BBC will launch two new sites based on DSP: The 2012 Olympics and a completely redesigned BBC Sports site.

For more information on Jem's background, visit the front page of the MUGL site.


If you would like to make a short presentation at this meeting, or make any announcements, please let me know.  News and updates from the community are always welcome and encouraged.


This looks to be another great MUGL meeting.  This summer when you settle in to watch the London Olympics on the BBC you'll have a better appreciation of the hard work that went into providing all that information to you.

We are returning to the Theodore BullFrog Pub again this time, just a few steps from Charing Cross station.  As usual, there will be free food and drink.  We have a private upstairs room with our own bar, which means we can relax in comfort afterword for as long as we like.

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