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Libraries, Media & The Semantic Web hosted by the BBC

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Since the dawn of recorded history, our species has been in the rather inconvenient habit of chronicling events with messy, imprecise and complex human languages. Computers, however, require great precision. As a consequence, much of what is known to us is difficult or even impenetrable to machines.

Fortunately, things are beginning to change. On the web, standards are emerging for embedding machine-readable data into natural language documents. And in the Libraries, Archives and Museums realm a vibrant new community of linked data advocates are changing how the world's great cultural institutions understand their holdings.

In this meetup you will learn from and discuss with individuals at the forefront of these changes.

On the media and search side we will have, Evan Sandhaus of The New York Times, Silver Oliver of the BBC and Dan Brickley of Evan Sandhaus will present rNews: a news industry standard for embedding machine-readable publishing metadata into HTML documents. Dan Brickley will present on And Silver Oliver present on BBC's use of Semantic Markup.

On the Libraries, Archives and Museums front, we will hear from Jon Voss of Historypin and Adrian Stevenson of Mimas, University of Manchester. Jon will brief us on Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums (LOD-LAM) efforts around the world, and upcoming plans within that community. Adrian will brief us on some recent UK based linked data activities in the cultural heritage space, including the 'Linking Lives' project and a new World War One Discovery project.

Please come and join us for what promises to be a great evening

18:30 Doors Open

18:45 Phil Fearnley - Introduction

18:55 Marco Neumann & Andy Wilson

19:00 Jon Voss

19:20 Ade Stevenson

19:40 Evan Sandhaus

20:00 Dan Brickley

20:20 Silver Oliver

20:40 We all go to a nearby pub

Speaker Bios

Jon Voss - Historypin - @jonvoss

Jon Voss is Strategic Partnerships Director for Historypin, and co-convener of the International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums Summit.

Ade Stevenson - Mimas - @adrianstevenson

Adrian is a Senior Technical Innovations Coordinator working in the libraries and archives team at Mimas, a national centre for technical innovations and data hosting based at the University of Manchester. Adrian is also one of the directors of the annual Manchester Jazz Festival and hosts a radio show on Manchester’s ALL FM 96.9 station.

Silver Oliver - BBC - @silveroliver

Silver has been working with structured data for web publishing for the last 10 years and for the BBC for the last five of those. Recent work has included the implementation of an ontology-based information architecture for the BBC Sport and Olympics site. His work with BBC journalism has focused on the use of structured data (in particular linked data) to evolve the news and sport proposition. He blogs at ( and is the co-founder of the London Linked Data meet up.

Dan Brickley - - @danbri

Dan Brickley is best known for his work on Web standards in the W3C community, where he helped create the Semantic Web project and many of its defining technologies. Dan currently works on outreach, standards and community work on the ( project. Dan previously worked at the Vrije University Amsterdam on the NoTube EU project, developing new approaches to interactive TV that build upon SKOS, FOAF and open Web technologies. Prior work included six years on the W3C technical staff, establishing ILRT’s Semantic Web group at the University of Bristol, and more recently at Joost, an Internet TV start-up. He has been involved with resource discovery metadata since 1994 when he published the first HTML Philosophy guide on the Web, and has been exploring distributed, collaborative approaches to “finding stuff” ever since. Personal blog.

Evan Sandhaus - The New York Times - @kansandhaus

Evan Sandhaus is The Lead Architect for Semantic Platforms at The New York Times Company. In this capacity, he is working to develop a next-generation metadata management system. Evan was closely involved with the development of IPTC rNews ( In his nearly six years with The Times, Mr. Sandhaus has directed strategy and technology for The New York Times Linked Open Data Initiative; developed a semantic technology for identifying key concepts in large text datasets; engineered a patent-pending system for purging template text from Web content; and collaborated with The Linguistic Data Consortium to release and promote The New York Times Annotated Corpus, a collection of 1.8 million richly annotated Times articles published from 1987

Marco Neumann - KONA - @neumarcx

Marco is an Information Scientist and founder of KONA a Semantic Technology company. Marco Neumann services community organizer at the semantic social network

Andy Wilson - BBC Academy -@andywilson460

Andy is Head of Centre of Technology at BBC Academy a.

Phil Fearnley - BBC News - @PhilFearnleyBBC

Phil Fearnley is General Manager, News & Knowledge at BBC.

Access Requirements

Our aim is to make this event fully accessible and inclusive.
If you have any access requirements, we require you to contact us. We can then discuss and agree any adjustments that are required.

Travel Information

Driving: Wood Lane runs between the A40 (Westway) and Shepherd's Bush Green. Leave the A40 at the White City flyover. Shepherd's Bush Green is a gyratory connecting Goldhawk Road (A402 - Chiswick), Uxbridge Road (A4020 - Acton/Ealing), Shepherd's Bush Road (A219 - Hammersmith & A4) and Holland Park Avenue (A40 - Central London).
Parking:For those that will be driving you can park at the Westfield Shopping Centre and walk to White City. Details on how to get there can be found here (, car parking charges (, rail -Shepherds Bush Overground. 1 mile away (10 – 20 minute walk (,-0.221272&spn=0.013355,0.027509&sll=51.509715,-0.221565&sspn=0.013355,0.027509&geocode=FSzmEQMdeLH8_yk5GfxW2w92SDG1ON74V4au0g%3BFSULEgMdzYj8_ym_wa861g92SDHnnTMwaSwQCA&vpsrc=0&dirflg=w&mra=ltm&t=m&z=15)) or Willesden Junction. Rail enquiries 0345 484950. Directions from station: Take 220 bus outside station to White City.

Underground Wood Lane (Hammersmith & City Line): Turn right out of the station and head up Wood Lane. White City is the large silver building on the left.
White City (Central line): Turn right out of the station and head up Wood Lane. White City is the large silver building on the left.
Shepherd's Bush (Hammersmith & City Line): Turn left out of the station and left again into Wood Lane. Continue up Wood Lane past Television Centre. White City is the large silver building on the left.
Here is a copy of the Tube Map:
Bus 7 (East Acton to Russell Square): Portabello Road, Whiteleys, Paddington, Edgware Road, Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square.
72 (East Acton to Roehampton): Hammersmith Hospital, White City Station, Shepherd's Bush, Hammersmith, Barnes, Roehampton.
94 (Shepherd's Bush to Oxford Street).105 (Heathrow to Greenford): passes through Shepherd's Bush Green.
220 (Wandsworth to Willesden): Putney Bridge, Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, Shepherd's Bush, White City, College Park Road, Willesden Green.
283 (Hammersmith Broadway to East Acton): Shepherd's Bush Green, Uxbridge Road, Wormholt Road, South Africa Road, East Acton.

If you have any further queries, then please do not hesitate to contact Alice Skidmore.
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