Hackers trying to stay relevant:
linked data and structured journalism

journalism is a waste of knowledge


  • Basile Simon
  • @basilesimon
  • Slides: basilesimon.fr/talks/csvconf2016


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Daenerys of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Protector of the Realm, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons
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kings got

extracting meaning

"a web of meanings"


journalism <=> knowledge

linked data in News

athlete page
election page
juicer model
juicer results
wat results

(the problem with) the article

but are they?

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dry Image courtesy of Steve Smith, CC BY

saving knowledge

events as the basic unit of journalism

storyline ontology Image courtesy of BBC, CC BY SA

Image slide (video)

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narrative: a spoken or written account of connected events; a story.
obb Image courtesy of BBC News Labs
Such a database of knowledge - which already exists in the collective knowledge of our newsroom staff - could be used to provide context at scale across all our output. Structured journalism is a way of preserving a reporter’s expertise so that it isn’t lost once aired or published, and instead, is surfaced in related coverage.


  • @basilesimon
  • basile.simon01@bbc.co.uk
  • Slides: basilesimon.fr/talks/csvconf2016