Jo Kent to speak on Automated Data Architecture
18:00 to 20:00

BCS Software Practice Advancement (SPA) specialist group has arranged a talk by Jo Kent on 5th April 2017 – see http://www.bcs.org/content/conEvent/11004.
This is a joint event with BCSWomen. All are welcome.
Title: Automated Data Architecture – creating user-journeys through content using Linked Data
When: 5th Apr 2017, 18:30 – 5th Apr 2017, 20:00
Where: BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
Town/City: London
Organiser: BCS Software Practice Advancement (SPA) Specialist Group
Price: Free
Booking Link: https://spa309.eventbrite.co.ukhttps://spa309.eventbrite.co.uk
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Refreshments and sandwiches from 6.00pm.


The BBC has over 15,000 permanently available programmes on subjects as diverse as the A470 (a road in Wales), Munch’s “The Scream”, Virtue, Canada Geese, Existentialism and the Battle of Bosworth Field. These programmes – which are available for anyone to listen to, and could be valuable for research – can be difficult to find. We wanted to create an automated system that would balance the need for easy-to-follow navigation with the need to minimise the amount of time our busy production teams have to spend categorising their programmes.

This presentation will discuss the various approaches considered, from the heavily manually curated approach of Netflix, through crowdsourcing, to the user-driven algorithmically determined approach of Spotify, and the reasons why most of them wouldn’t be practical. It will culminate in a demonstration of ADA, a system which uses Linked Open Data to create consistent, meaningful high-quality links between programmes while requiring minimal effort from our teams.

About the Presenter

Jo Kent is a metadata and linked data specialist working in the BBC Radio and Music Multiplatform team. In this role she has created a specialist recommendation system which uses linked data to provide links between programme subjects. She began working on websites in an editorial capacity whilst completing a BSc (Hons) in Computing and IT and has since worked in a variety of editorial and technical roles including business analysis and project management in fields as wide ranging as travel, education, telecommunications, local government and media.