Jeremy Tarling introduces Storyline and The Juicer for BBC News Labs #newsHACK





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Published on Oct 11, 2013

Jeremy introduces the News Storyline ontology, and also talks about how BBC News Labs hopes to use The Juicer at the #newsHACK event in October 2013.

Storyline : http://bbc.co.uk/ontologies/storyline/

The News Storyline Ontology is a generic model for describing and organising the stories news organisations tell. The ontology is intended to be flexible to support any given news or media publisher's approach to handling news stories. At the heart of the ontology, is the concept of Storyline. As a nuance of the English language the word 'story' has multiple meanings. In news organisations, a story can be an individual piece of content, such as an article or news report. It can also be the editorial view on events occurring in the world.

The journalist pulls together information, facts, opinion, quotes, and data to explain the significance of world events and their context to create a narrative. The event is an award being received; the story is the triumph over adversity and personal tragedy of the victor leading up to receiving the reward (and the inevitable fall from grace due to drugs and sexual peccadillos). Or, the event is a bombing outside a building; the story is an escalating civil war or a gas mains fault due to cost cutting. To avoid this confusion, the term Storyline has been used to remove the ambiguity between the piece of creative work (the written article) and the editorial perspective on events.

Here is an excerpt explaining the News Storyline Ontology by Jarred McGinnis:
From http://semanticweb.com/read-all-about...

The News Storyline Ontology wants to make it easier for journalists to deal with the world as they understand it -- that is, in terms of stories and curated narrative arcs over world events. The ontology aims to be a generic model for describing and organizing the stories news organizations tell, while supporting whatever their approach is to handling those stories. It provides, in other words, a model for the news itself: how different stories relate to each other, how breaking news evolves and how the commonplace entities of people, places, organizations and events relate to news stories.

"The first benefit is for the news organization itself to organize things, but it also lets them put together web pages more flexibly and closer to the way we access information as humans," says Jarred McGinnis, one of the authors of the ontology. Formerly head of research, semantic technologies at Press Association, he is now an independent consultant in semantics at his firm Logomachy Ltd. Fellow authors are Jeremy Tarling, BBC News data architect, and a former BBCer, Paul Wilton, previously technical lead, semantic publishing and now founder and technical architect at Ontoba, which specializes in semantic publishing.

The core of the ontology is the Storyline class, encompassing Storyline components like Event, as well as Topics that could associate to Storylines with entities from external knowledge domains, and Attributions to indicate the owner of a piece's interpretation -- accounting for provenance and accommodating for the natural bias that occurs simply because a story is told by a human.


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