Going Places – Adding geographic metadata to news at the source

Over one and a half years ago i embarked onto the mission to bring geographic metadata to the wires of dpa. After quite some convincing in April started defining and redefining the roadmap, the semantics and the syntax of the metadata, designing and building the support process into our editorial systems. Since mid december we are geocoding each and every newsitem in our RegioLine wire.

Now i’m proud to say that our first customer is using this metadata for visualising the news on a newsmap.

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With this post i’m starting a mini series about my experiences wrt. geographic metadata during this last one and half years. Especially i want to start a discussion about the semantics for the geographic metadata i’ve defined and report on the obstacles i encountered.