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Semantic News Community Group

The Semantic News Community Group is a forum for exploring the intersection of W3C semantic technologies and news gathering, production, distribution and consumption. It will focus on a common representation for abstract ideas in the news domain such as a 'news event' or a domain ontology for news. This includes the following subject areas: 1. Review, test and comment on existing and proposed standards for semantic technologies in the news domain. 2. Encourage the reuse of well-known datasets and ontologies and propose mappings between them as required. 3. Best practices for publishing, exchanging and linking data, including use cases. 4. Development of prototypes to help build the business case for this approach. 5. Discuss design principles of schemas and ontologies.

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RDF/OWL Semantic Web mapping for ODRL v2.0

Our colleagues in the W3C ODRL Community Group have published a draft RDF/OWL ontology for ODRL.

ODRL (the Open Digital Rights Language) is one of the foundational technologies of RightsML. RightsML is the IPTC‘s machine readable rights expression language for the media industry.

I encourage you to look at the ODRL ontology and provide feedback!



Draft rNews 1.0 OWL Ontology: Feedback Requested

We’ve created an IPTC rNews 1.0 ontology file in OWL. It is available at

This is just a draft, but we’d like to get feedback from the experts on any improvements we can make, whether it is in syntax, structure, documentation or any other aspect.

So, let us know what you think!



Ideas and wishes for rNews 1.1?


As the IPTC gets ready to discuss potential changes or additions to rNews, we want to give those of you who are not members of the IPTC the chance to participate — just as we’ve done leading up to the initial release.

What’s missing? What’s wrong or requires discussion?

Let us know your thoughts, let’s talk about them and you might end up helping us make rNews 1.1 better than it otherwise would be…

Thanks, Andreas Gebhard [@agebhard]

Semantic News: to be or not to be.

“There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.”

-Albert Camus

Or rephrased according to the group remit, should semantic news exist? You’re a member of this group so I assume you would say yes.

But, there needs to be a point or purpose, otherwise why bother. To say it another way, there needs to be a need. Something that has been lacking in previous pushes for the semantic web and possibly a reason for its lack of reach compared with the human-readable web.

Some more questions for you all:

Why do we need semantics for news?

What problems are semantics for news going to solve?

What is needed from news ontology or ontologies?

Feel free to give your answer or respond with more questions.


Hello World,

Shall we start off this group with a round of introductions? My introduction and my company’s is below. Feel free to respond by adding your own.

My name is Jarred McGinnis. I work for the Press Association, which among other things is the wire service for the UK and Ireland.

In order to address the growing demand for ‘fast, fair and accurate’ content and data, the Press Association recently committed to a large-scale project to redesign its IT infrastructure by putting semantic web technologies and principles at its core. By the adoption of established standards such as IPTC’s G2, RDF, a preference for existing ontologies such as geonames, FOAF, Dublin Core, etc. and the use of technologies such as cloud-based computing, open and RESTful approaches, XML-driven dBs and triple stores, the Press Association addresses real business needs such as, the managing of enormous, disparate and heterogeneous sets of data, reducing silos and streamlining content and data interchange within the organisation and between PA and its customers. Can you tell I snatched that blurb from a presentation abstract?

The Press Association has just published our first draft of a ‘news’ ontology ( For each of the ontologies documented, we’ve included the motivation for the ontologies as well as some of the design decisions behind it. Also, you can get the .rdf or ttl by adding the extension. For example, gives you the ontology described at .

Conversation about provenance and news

Yesterday I met with Simon Miles who is involved in the W3C Working Group on Provenance. I thought that this community group might be interested in their work and helping shape its relevance to news.

The Provenance Group is interested in gathering:

  1. Domain Use Cases (illustrating a need for provenance information)
  2. Provenance Requirements
  3. Current Community Approaches
  4. Outstanding Needs
  5. Connectivity Opportunities
There is also an interest in licensing and I believe some of our members might be interested in these issues in news.