NewsML 2 and the Semantic Web

As part of the introduction to NewsML 2, I'll briefly explain the
relationship between NewsML 2 and the Semantic Web.
When we wrote the requirements for NewsML 2, we decided that we wanted
to integrate NewsML 2 into the Semantic Web.  At the same time, we did
not, and do not, want to require either news producers or news consumers
to engage with RDF or with the Semantic Web if they have no desire to do
The approach we have taken is to design our XML structures in such a way
that transforms can readily be written to extract the metadata and to
present it in whatever form is desired for further processing.  Early
versions of such transforms are available at:
Now some folks are very interested in this stuff and others come out in
a rash if they see the three letters "RDF".  Both groups need to
co-exist.  I think that the best way to facilitate co-existence is to
propose that if the Semantic Web mail traffic on the newsml-2 list
becomes too heavy for those folks who are allergic to it, we'll consider
spinning off a separate list for these discussions.
It's OK to be interested in the Semantic Web!  And it's OK not to be
Misha Wolf
News Standards Manager, Reuters,
Chair, News Metadata Framework WG, IPTC,
Vice-Chair, NewsML 2 Architecture WP, IPTC,

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Received on Friday, 6 January 2006 18:05:47 UTC