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Fwd: [backstage] Muddy Boots + BBC Music Beta

From: Yves Raimond <yves.raimond@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 16:34:02 +0100
Message-ID: <82593ac00808060834x2a3164b8ga901739253b98228@mail.gmail.com>
To: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>

Hello!

I thought this would be interesting for this list, as an example of a
service using several LOD sources.
However, it is a bit sad they don't expose the data they produce as
linked data themselves - perhaps we should have a GPL-like license for
LOD datasets "if you derive data from this linked data, it must be
available as linked data" :-D (just jocking).

Cheers!
y


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From: robl <robl@monkeyhelper.com>
Date: Wed, Aug 6, 2008 at 4:15 PM
Subject: [backstage] Muddy Boots + BBC Music Beta
To: backstage@lists.bbc.co.uk


Hi,

Over at Rattle [1] we got quite excited by the release of the new
music beta site, in fact we created our own prototype that links our
latest iteration of the Muddy Boots system [2] with the beta music
site.

We haven't announced the latest version of Muddy Boots yet, but in
essence it's main aim is to 'unambiguously identify the main actors in
a BBC news story', in doing this it uses DBpedia URI's to identify the
entities involved. At the moment the system knows about 'people' and
companies' however we've just added experimental support for 'bands'
(!).

As DBpedia knows about Musicbrainz guid's and Muddy Boots knows which
BBC news stories relate to which DBpedia entry for a person|band we
can add metadata about the related news stories about an artist ('Seen
in these news stories' at the bottom of the page) :

Coldplay : http://muddy.rattleresearch.com/muddy2/musicentities/cc197bad-dc9c-440d-a5b5-d52ba2e14234

Kaiser Chiefs :
http://muddy.rattleresearch.com/muddy2/musicentities/90218af4-4d58-4821-8d41-2ee295ebbe21

and of course not forgetting the famous spoken word artist (!) :

George W Bush :
http://muddy.rattleresearch.com/muddy2/musicentities/06564917-bdd2-4fb6-bcdc-be9e0c04f7ac

We'll be mentioning more about Muddy Boots in the future, but you can
see we're starting to add semantic markup to BBC News stories and
creating links between open data sources and BBC News (try clicking a
news story and you'll see it has the 'actors' in the news story marked
up with Microformats). It's still at the prototype stage at the moment
and we're about to enter a formal validation and testing phase to
measure the systems accuracy  but we thought we'd produce this
prototype to demonstrate the kinds of things we can start to achieve
when open data (or web-scale) identifiers are used to identify
content.

You can see all the music entities the system knows about by viewing :
http://muddy.rattleresearch.com/muddy2/musicentities/

The support for identifying bands is definitely considered
'experimental' at the moment, so you might see the occasional 'blip'
with related stories as we look at how to classify 'bands' in stories
more accurately. We're just started indexing BBC news stories in
anger, so expect to see more related data appear over the next fews
days and weeks.

We'd love to hear any comments you have about it :)

Thanks,

Rob

[1] http://www.rattleresearch.com
[2] http://muddyboots.rattleresearch.com/semantic-web-project/
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