by Francis Rhys-Jones
The Guardians Open Platform initiative provides resources for developers to access to the wealth of content and data created and curated by this media organisation. This talk starts by focusing on the Content Api, a service giving developers access to the content created by the Guardian, an archive published in realtime but reaching back to the inception of the website in 1991. The talk reviews the latests developments in the api, what meta data is exposed and how it can be used to navigate and discover useful content. It then moves on to talk about the challenges the development team faced around scalability requirements of the api and discusses the architecture that solved these problems, giving details of the implementation in Apache Solr, Scala and hosting in Amazons EC2. The api fits into a wider 'open in, open out' strategy. An approach aimed not only at providing resources to the development community, but allowing the Guardian to incorporate their work into guardian.co.uk. Giving important and interesting work access to the reach the site provides. The talk covers what the development team have done to make this work.
by Stephen Dunn
The news industry is undergoing massive change. In particular traditional newspaper business models have been disrupted by the Internet. As Clay Shirky said: If the old model is broken, what will work in its place? To which the answer is: Nothing.... There is no general model for newspapers to replace the one the internet just broke". This is becoming an old story. But this year - news organisations are making their moves. Some are now adopting different models to try to survive - some are moving behind paywalls. The Guardian is taking a different, open approach. Last year we spoke at OpenTech about the beta of our Open Platform. In this talk we'll cover how the Guardian's open strategy has moved on and grown - our open strategy is much more than having a technology platform - it is a strategy being adopted across the organisation, from editorial to commercial depts. I'll illustrate how being open has changed the way we do things, and explain how our technology platform is having to evolve to work with these changes. (this is a double header: also in the same session - Francis Rhys-Jones of the Guardian gives an in depth view of the technology we are using to do this)
Also in this slot:
Open Platform: How it works - Francis Rhys-Jones
by Phil Gyford
Why are news sites less easy to read than newspapers? Browsing a newspaper is so easy that we'll often pick up any old discarded newspaper and flick through, reading a few stories. By contrast, reading a newspaper's-worth of news on a website would be a chore. How can we make sites that are as easy to browse and read as print newspapers? What problems do we need to solve? Why do all news websites work against their customers' desire to read the news? The Today's Guardian website uses the Open Platform API to make the news easy to read again.
Also in this slot:
Not evenly distributed - Gavin Bell
Making newspapers out of newspapers and the new serendipity - Chris Thorpe
11th September 2010