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ANN: IPTC releases first draft of the rNews standard for embedding metadata in online news

From: RaphaŽl Troncy <raphael.troncy@eurecom.fr>
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2011 18:50:40 +0200
Message-ID: <4D9B4860.4040207@eurecom.fr>
To: Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
Dear all,

Short Story:
   - IPTC has released today the rNews standard draft, see 
   - rNews aims at marking news using RDFa. The standard will be 
compliant with NewsMLG2, IPTCís XML format for multimedia news packages
   - IPTC considers incorporating hNews into its set of standards
   - rNews will be machine readable, an OWL/RDF version of the 
vocabulary is being cooked

IPTC is requesting _NOW_ feedback from the community, via its dedicated 
forum, http://dev.iptc.org/Forum-1. The IPTC will consider any feedback 
posted until 30 April 2011 as input to the final standardization process.

Long Story:
Publishers large and small struggle to make sure that search engines and 
social media sites find their stories and refer to them appropriately.

They want to provide highly targeted adverts while dealing with users 
who are opposed to the privacy implication of sharing the personal data 
necessary to accomplish that.

How can they build web pages with news stories where the components of 
the story are machine-readable, as well as human readable? The rich 
content metadata available in a publisherís internal CMS is often lost, 
or re-engineered in an attempt to optimise search results.

The IPTC has taken a step to solving this problem with the release of 
the first draft of the rNews standard in 5 April 2011.

The IPTC aims to revamp the process for marking up online news articles 
so that search engines and social networking sites can more successfully 
pull relevant pieces of data from them. IPTC seeks to develop rNews, a 
recently proposed practice for marking news using RDFa, which allows 
HTML authors to tag webpage content with indicators that browsers and 
tools can interpret. The standards will be compliant with NewsMLG2, 
IPTCís XML format for multimedia news packages.

IPTCís Semantic Web Working Group is leading the charge to craft these 
standards. The group is mapping out the specifications essential to 
rNews for IPTC, and will offer examples of the standards in use, best 
practices for implementation, and online tools to ease the transition to 
the new standards. This work is set to conclude in the summer of 2011, 
and will better enable search engines to cull NewsML-G2 data from the 
Internet, ready for Semantic Web and Linked Data mining technologies.

Details of rNews are available at http://dev.iptc.org/rNews.

More importantly, what you think about it can be recorded on the public 
rNews forum (http://dev.iptc.org/Forum-1) . The IPTC will consider any 
feedback posted until 30 April 2011 as input to the final 
standardization process.

The IPTC considers incorporating hNews, the existing microformat for the 
semantic markup of news content, into its set of standards.
At its most basic level, both hNews and rNews are about expressing news 
metadata in HTML.
hNews is a microformat using HTML markup conventions, whereas rNews is a 
method to record RDF assertions (triples) within HTML, but keeps 
vocabularies and expression mechanism separate.

Best regards.

   RaphaŽl Troncy
   on behalf of the IPTC SemWeb working group

RaphaŽl Troncy
EURECOM, Multimedia Communications Department
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