Linked Data on the BBC

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Published on November 23, 2009

Author: metade



Following the Linked Data principles, the BBC is publishing a URI for every TV and Radio programme it broadcasts, music artists and more recently animal species and habitats. These pages not only provide useful information in their own right but also allow us to re-contextualise the programme information helping users to discover new content and new patterns. In this seminar we will present the motivation behind these projects and how their design and implementation has allowed us to expose their contents on the Web of Data.

Linked Data on the BBC Patrick Sinclair BBC Future Media & Technology for Audio and Music and Mobile Monday, 23 November 2009

Olá @metade Monday, 23 November 2009 I’ll be putting these slides online very soon.

Monday, 23 November 2009 The BBC is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world. Its mission is to enrich people's lives with programmes that inform, educate and entertain. It is a public service broadcaster, established by a Royal Charter and funded by the licence fee that is paid by UK households. So to have a television in the UK, a household has to pay around £140 per year - that’s 400 Reais. The BBC uses the income from the licence fee to provide services including...

8 National TV Channels Monday, 23 November 2009 8 national TV channels, plus regional programming. We also have the BBC HD channel which broadcasts in High Definition.

10 National Radio Stations Monday, 23 November 2009 10 national radio stations

Nations and Regions NORTH EAST & NORTH WEST YORKSHIRE EAST YORKS & LINCS EAST MIDLANDS WEST MIDLANDS CUMBRIA BBC Lancashire BBC Leeds BBC Humberside BBC Nottingham BBC Stoke BBC Cumbria BBC Merseyside BBC Sheffield BBC Lincolnshire BBC Leicester BBC Shropshire BBC Newcastle BBC Manchester BBC York BBC Derby BBC WM BBC Tees BBC Coventry & Warwickshire BBC Hereford & Worcester EAST LONDON SOUTH EAST SOUTH WEST SOUTH WEST BBC Northampton BBC London BBC Kent BBC Oxford BBC Gloucestershire BBC Devon BBC Three Counties BBC Surrey BBC Berkshire BBC Wiltshire BBC Cornwall BBC Cambridgeshire BBC Sussex BBC Solent BBC Bristol BBC Guernsey BBC Norfolk BBC Somerset BBC Jersey BBC Suffolk BBC Essex Monday, 23 November 2009 National TV and radio services for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and over 40 local radio stations for England.

Display Options Accessibility Help Mobiles Make this my Homepage Take the tour Search Friday 13 November 2009 Add more to this page Set your location Reset homepage News Edit Robbie joins Take That Labour wins in on stage Glasgow North East Robbie Williams has joined his Brown hopeful over former bandmates on stage at a Afghan boost charity concert in aid of Children in Need. But those hoping for a Toddler-attack boy wins reunion performance from the pay-out newly reconciled lads were left MORE TOP STORIES disappointed. Eurozone emerges from recession The concert in pictures BA merger 'good for passengers' Children in Need Radio 2: Charity auctions Bombers hit Pakistan spy agency LOCAL NEWS End of landlines? Be on a show Tree-planting record Robbie Williams Please set your location to receive local news, weather and TV/radio schedules. England, Scotland/Alba, Wales/Cymru, N.I. Weather Edit BBC iPlayer Edit London, Central Five-day forecast TV: HIGHLIGHTS Sport Edit Friday Saturday Sunday Panel names free-to- air choices Rooney hopes for new BBC Online Man Utd deal Trio lift England before Light Rain Heavy Light Showers Twenty20 Showers Wonderland Defying G Max: 15°C Max: 13°C Max: 15°C FOOTBALL Min: 12°C Min: 9°C Min: 10°C Rooney hopes for new Man Utd deal World Cup qualifiers 'should be listed' RADIO: HIGHLIGHTS Brady sets sights on France upset Radio The Blagger's Guide to Jazz Radio 1 Episode 1 ON RADIO 1 NOW Monday, 23Business & November 2009 Money Edit BBC Switch with Annie Mac and Nick 1Xtra 10:00 Fearne Cotton Grimshaw As well as an extensive website, BBC 2 BLOG: STEPHANIE FLANDERS Radio Online, which is1's Live The home of Radio at Switch Live Special Lounge. George Lamb Radio 3 12/11/2009 When Mervyn King does cautious Listen Live optimism, you can keep the emphasis on Radio 4 cautious. The Bank's new forecast for the economy is rather more upbeat than it ON NEXT 5 Live was in August, and to judge by the TV "backcast" for GDP, it expects some... 12:45 Newsbeat Sports Read More Extra BBC One ON TONIGHT LISTEN AGAIN 6 Music BBC Two MARKET DATA FRI, 13 NOVEMBER 2009 19:00 The One Show 11:29:30 GMT The Chris Moyles Radio 7 Show: Thursday - BBC Three 19:57 BBC News and with friend-of-the- Regional News FTSE 100 5289.42 12.92 BBC Four Asian show Jon Culshaw! Network 20:00 EastEnders Dax 5675.07 11.11 20:30 A Question of Sport Cac 40 3799.26 -8.81 World Service 21:00 Have I Got News for Dow Jones 10197.47 -93.79 You Nasdaq 2149.02 -17.88 Nations & 21:30 The Armstrong and Local Radio 1 Home Miller Show BBC Global 30 5236.08 -11.48 Full Schedule Podcasts 22:00 BBC News at Ten 15 minute delay | Terms and Conditions More... BBC HD TOP STORIES Music Edit CBBC CBeebies BBC One Full Schedule BA merger 'good for passengers' Parliament HIGHLIGHTS Eurozone emerges from recession BBC News Programmes A-Z State taking over key rail route Global recession How to cope Children Edit Entertainment Edit Robbie joins Take That on stage Ill Forsyth to miss Strictly show CLASSIC POP & ROCK Science & Nature Edit Lifetime Globe prize for Scorsese Big profit from nature Album Reviews We Recommend protection EASTENDERS NEWS The Raincoats - The Raincoats Rosetta makes final Lacey Turner wins at awards ceremony home call E20 Theme Tune Remix Competition Greenland ice loss EastEnders hit a hat-trick at Awards 'accelerating' Ceremony! Rickie Lee Jones - Balm in MORE STORIES

Text only Help Search Explore the BBC On Air Now: 11:32-11:40 World Briefing Home Programmes How & When to Listen Have Your Say Special Reports Last Updated: 13 November, 2009 - 11:15 GMT RSS On Air Now: Arafat at the UN 11:32 - 11:40 In 1974, Yasser Arafat's World Briefing presence at the UN BBC News reports from around the headquarters in New York world. caused a stir. We hear about Listen Live the diplomatic preparations, compromise and intrigue that Up Next: led up to that day. 11:40 Duration: 9 minutes Download (mp3) Sports Roundup See full schedule Controversial guest War contribution Sports depression African slavery Hourly Bulletins News Sport Business NEWS PROGRAMMES WORLD HAVE YOUR SAY LATEST PODCASTS Newshour Is President Karzai the SciA: 12 Nov 09: The world's rarest bird Obama's Afghan dilemma - the general and the biggest barrier to peace in 13/11/2009 10:32 ambassador differ on sending more troops. Afghanistan? The world's rarest bird; polar thaws; a gene for Duration: 55 minutes speech and why sprinters run so fast. The World Today Download episode Barack Obama in Japan on the first stage of his What Afghanistan needs is an inclusive rather East Asian tour and the 14-year-old Pakistani than a populist government capable of boy forced to do the bidding of the Taliban. reaching out to friends and foes alike. This FROM BBC NEWS Duration: 59 minutes does not look quite palatable to Washington Show more or fewer headlines given its stance against the Taliban. Business Daily Obama seeks to ease Japan tension The anatomy of how confidence works. If you Bombers hit Pakistan spy agency think the economy's on the mend, it will be. Duration: 20 minutes Arthur Njuguna Eurozone emerges from recession Monday, 23 November 2009 Explosion at Nato base in Kabul In solitary The BBC also offers the World Service, which broadcasts to the world on radio, TV and online, How captivity inspired providing news and information in 32 languages.for World Service creativity NEWS FEATURES 1 / 5 Young Uzbek slaves TheHIGHLIGHTS BBC World Service is funded by a government grant, and not the licence fee. promises not to 1 2 3 Broken use child labour? COMING SOON BUSINESS DOCUMENTARIES SCIENCE ELSEWHERE ON THE WEB Semtex Speed trading A Dollar a Day Focus on Zeiss BBC WS images on Flickr Discovery blows the Traders use Cash grants are Through the lens at The latest pictures from BBC lid off the infamous technology to top helping squatters in a prestigious reporters around the world explosive up profits Namibia German company MOST POPULAR NOW LANGUAGE SERVICES SPECIAL REPORTS ! The Crescent and the Cross !"#$%&' ()*+, -.*' 1989 - Europe's Internet Cafe Hobo Revolution Outlook !"#$% Somali Charles Darwin The World Today Aftershock: The !"##$%& Brasil Mundo India train Football revolution? global financial Ti'ng Vi(t crisis Should African leaders apologise for slavery? More languages Save Our Sounds LEARNING ENGLISH Words in the News Statues on the move at Thai airport PRODUCTS & SERVICES e-Newsletter RSS Feeds Podcasts Alerts Mobile Widget World Service About Us BBC Help About the BBC © MMIX World Service Help & FAQ Accessibility Help Contact Us

Lord Reith “inform, educate and entertain” Monday, 23 November 2009 The BBC is one of the oldest broadcasters in the world. It was formed in the 1920s, and the first Director General Lord Reith was the one who summarised the BBC’s purpose as to “inform, educate and entertain”

Radio since 1920s Monday, 23 November 2009 The BBC has been broadcasting Radio since the 1920s

TV since 1930s Monday, 23 November 2009 TV since the 1930s

On the web since 1994 Monday, 23 November 2009 And it’s had a strong online presence since 1994.

Archive Monday, 23 November 2009 So there’s a huge amount of content that the BBC has produced, and continues to produce every day.

Historically, when it came to promoting our programmes online... Monday, 23 November 2009 For the BBC, programmes are one of our core assets. One of the main things we publish online are websites for our programmes, and we’ve been doing this for a while now. All the TV stations and radio networks have websites, and the major TV shows also have sites. But historically, when it came to promote our programmes online...

Search Explore the BBC Home 20 November 2009 Accessibility help Text only Animals Prehistoric Life Human Body & Mind Space TV & Radio Follow-up BBC Homepage You are here: BBC > Science & Nature > Prehistoric Life > TV & Radio > Walking with Dinosaurs Science & Nature Homepage Walking With Dinosaurs In Prehistoric Life: Related links Age of the dinosaurs Human beginnings Games & quizzes Elsewhere on Picture galleries Prehistoric Life Latest news Walking with Beasts 65 million years of history, from woolly mammoths to birds that ate horses Walking with Cavemen Walking with Dinosaurs contents Why learning to stand on two legs set us on Broadcast in 1999, Walking with Dinosaurs set out to create the the path to civilisation. most accurate portrayal of prehistoric animals ever seen on the Contact Us screen. Combining fact and informed speculation with cutting- edge computer graphics and animatronics effects, the series took Elsewhere on Like this page? two years to make. Science & Nature Send it to a friend! T-rex - Warrior or Rise and fall of the dinosaurs Wimp? 100 million years separated T. rex from the A recent episode of Hand-crafted, earliest dinosaurs. Find out how they evolved as Horizon the world around them changed. What really killed the dinosaurs? A recent episode of Big Al game Horizon When your own mother might eat you, growing customised sites up is far from child's play. Try life as a young Allosaurus. Elsewhere on Were the dinosaurs hot or cold blooded? H2G2 - Written by the audience The KT extinction - what killed the dinosaurs? Monday, 23 November 2009 We were generally building hand-crafted, customised sites for each show. The cost of creating them significant as they were all hand built.

Only some programmes could be covered ...which is a shame because we broadcast between 1,000 and 1,500 programmes a day Monday, 23 November 2009 And this meant that only some programmes had any kind of web presence, and the commissioning of those was uneven. Often the support sites weren’t comprehensive, as they didn’t provide a complete record of a programme, such as details on each episode.

Developed in isolation Monday, 23 November 2009 These sites were commissioned and developed in isolation. So you could see an Archers site, and an Eastenders site and a Top Gear site which were internally coherent, but they failed to link up to each other except by editorially determined cross promotions. You could see who presented Top Gear, but you couldn’t see the other programmes they presented.

Search Explore the BBC Home Accessibility help Text only BBC Homepage BBC Music More information here 7 Ages of Rock Often not Programmes A definitive landmark series charting the emergence and re-emergence of rock music as a global Artists force, told through the musicians who have shaped this most enduring of genres. Events maintained Embeddable Video Monday, 23 November 2009 Often these sites would be built, and launched, and then left online to rot. With no effort spent maintaining them, they would quickly go out of date, resulting in a poor user experience.

Often not persistent Text only Help Search Explore the BBC Error 404 - Page not found This might be because: You have typed the web address incorrectly, or the page you were looking for may have been moved, updated or deleted. Please try the following options instead: Use BBC search above to see if it's available elsewhere Use our site index BBC Help About the BBC © MMIX Accessibility Help Contact Us The BBC is not responsible for the Jobs Terms of Use content of external internet sites. Privacy & Cookies Monday, 23 November 2009 And unfortunately we also had a tendency to delete our web pages or reuse our URLs. So the data we made available didn’t hang around on the web.

Cost Expenditure Opportunity Monday, 23 November 2009 The main problem in doing things in this way is cost. It’s really inefficient and expensive to build lots and lots of hand cranked sites. And it's expensive both in terms of actual expenditure (i.e. the number of people doing it) and in terms of opportunity costs (if you send all your time cranking out html files for Eastenders then you can't do more interesting things).

New Platforms • Broadcast • Desktop • Mobile • Games consoles • ... Monday, 23 November 2009 We also need to be able to react to new platforms - people are consuming content in different ways. In addition to regular broadcasting, more and more people are using their desktop, mobile or games consoles to consume our content. The old way of doing things didn't scale very well - whenever we went to support a new platform you’d need another team.

David Bowie Derek Jacobi John Simm Flight of the Conchords Sam Tyler Flight of the Conchords The Master Life on Mars Gene Hunt Malcassairo The Master Regenerates Doctor Who State of Play Flight of the Conchords Philip Glenister Flight of the Conchords Utopia Utopia Sir Thomas More Steven Moffat Henry VIII Elizabeth I Coupling Queenie Cardiff Terry Nation Daleks Blackadder II Rowan Atkinson The Curse of the Fatal Death Comic Relief John Humphrys Glastonbury 2002 Coldplay Edith Bowman Charlotte Church Dame Shirley Bassey Randall & Hopkirk Shooting Stars Vic Reeves The Today Programme Propellerheads David Arnold Electric Proms '09 Bob Mortimer Monday, 23 November 2009 The biggest problem was that this approach could not enable the rich user journeys across domains that we want to provide.

Doctor Who David Bowie John Simm Flight of the Conchords Derek Jacobi Sam Tyler State of Play Flight of the Conchords The Master Life on Mars Gene Hunt Malcassairo The Master Regenerates Doctor Who State of Play Philip Glenister Flight of the Conchords Flight of the Conchords Philip Glenister Utopia es Utopia Sir Thomas More Steven Moffat Henry VIII Elizabeth I Coupling Queenie Cardiff Terry Nation Daleks Blackadder II Rowan Atkinson The Curse of the Fatal Death Comic Relief e Queenie John Humphrys Glastonbury 2002 Coldplay Edith Bowman Charlotte Church Dame Shirley Bassey Randall & Hopkirk Shooting Stars Vic Reeves The Today Programme Propellerheads David Arnold Electric Proms '09 Bob Mortimer Blackadder II Rowan Atkinson rs Monday, 23 November 2009 For example, We want to let people start at a program like Doctor Who, see one of their favourite characters, the Daleks read that Terry Nation invented the Daleks... see that he’s from Cardiff discover that Shirley Bassey is also from Cardiff and then find that she’s playing at a BBC Electric Proms concert this year Glastonbury 2002 Coldplay ch artists Randall & Hopkirk ds artists David Arnold

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