News Archive - BBC News Labs presentation on Storylines, Topics & Tags


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This is the presentation for BBC News Storyline data model part of the BBC Connected Studio briefing event for the BBC News Archive Connected Studio.
The presentation is aimed at providing context for the participants, so that they have a view of how content will be tagged, and how it will surface in BBC News.

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  • Jeremy is co-author of Storyline, and drives the Linked Data strategy for BBC News
    Matt works with BBC News Labs, and is running the 6 months to 2 years innovation horizon for BBC News.
  • tagging helps the audience find and follow content relevant to them.
    It also helps some 8,000 of our Journalists find and share material quickly and efficiently.
    topic tag: a unique ID (a URI) for a person, organisation, place or theme
    storyline or event tag: a unique ID (URI) for a storyline or its component events
    Events vs Storyline : can be a confusing conversation – think of events as “something that happens at a time and a place, and may have associated topics”
  • The power is then the connections that can amplify what we curate – massive serendipity.
    We establish the “topics” people love, and focus on the Storylines of value.
    Emotional connection, passionate connection.
    This will help surface millions of hours of archive content, organised into the “things” the audience LOVE and WANT.
  • It’s open – not just BBC – Guardian, FT will be using it. SKY News are interested.
    Also, at BBC it is not just NEWS – other areas are using the same topic model, so News Archive will surface there too.
  • theme preferred label is BBC ed pol – do we say “drugs” or “narcotics”?
  • In a se
  • similar to a hyperpuff in CPS
    using the linked data s-p-o pattern we can use predicates to describe the nature of the relationship between content and tag-concept
    these predicate/relationships can provide signposts to our audience in large content collections
  • storylines can contain other storylines
    like chapters in a book
  • storylines can contain events
    e.g. linking together live events into a wider narrative
  • There will be a degree of automatic tagging using concept extraction.
    Speech-> Text -> CE-> CV & disambiguation -> Topic Tags.
    Image-> face recog -> People -> CV & disambiguation -> Topic Tags.
    This gives us Topics.
    We can then associate to Storylines via Fingerprinting.
    i.e. match topic [et al metadata] fingerprint to Storyline topic fingerprint.
    So - Journlists to tell the Story : Storyline!! – and we hope machines can do the rest…
  • We have a good way to arrange the data.
    BUT – the user experience and product feature possibilities are infinite!
    We need your help!
  • News Archive - BBC News Labs presentation on Storylines, Topics & Tags

    1. Storylines, Topics & Tags An explanation of the BBC News Data Model for the News Archive Powered by BBC Connected Studio (January 2014 : Belfast & London)
    2. Jeremy Tarling: Senior Data Architect, BBC News. @JeremyTarling Matt Shearer: Innovation Manager, BBC News Labs. @Completedespair @BBC_News_Labs
    3. linked data tagging the audience can find and follow content relevant to them. topic tag: a person, organisation, place or theme. storyline tag: a storyline, or its component events.
    4. why do it this way? it powers serendipity. we organise by the “things” people want. and connect with meaningful links.
    5. context Storyline is an open model. BBC are now tagging new content. the archive is not tagged yet.
    6. topics - people Bashar al-Assad Thamsanqa Jantjie Lara Clarke Nick Robinson a Person can have properties like ‘birth-place’, ‘birth-date’, and roles like ‘President of Syria’ or ‘interpreter’
    7. topics - organisations an Organisation can have properties like ‘address’, ‘website’, and can be notably associated with a person, place or theme
    8. topics - places Places can have a latitudes/longitudes and parent features (an administrative district or country for example)
    9. topics - themes smoking health unemployment Themes are the intangible things that we might want to classify our content by: ‘smoking’, ‘unemployment’, ‘health’
    10. storylines storylines are a way to link up and present content to the audience as a narrative storylines are a special sort of linked data tag for annotating and aggregating content storylines can be tagged with topics
    11. an example storyline
    12. linking up storylines
    13. linking up events
    14. tag content with topics
    15. tag content with storylines
    16. tag storylines with topics…
    17. so topics can connect storylines
    18. before we finish we can’t tag everything manually. we can autotag topics, and fingerprint into Storylines.
    19. over to you organise news content by storylines link storylines together with topics relate archive storylines to current news surface unexpected connected stories: “Death of Mandela”  “Mandela’s life sentence”  “Thatcher’s foreign policy”  “Falklands War”  …
    20. Thanks Powered by BBC Connected Studio @BBC_News_Labs