Case-Study: ABC Dig Music
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To coincide with the launch of Australian digital radio in July of 2009, the ABC launched three websites: ABC Dig Music, ABC Jazz and ABC Country. The DIG project was one of the earliest pioneering ABC projects to involve external content aggregation (including MusicBrainz, YouTube, Last .fm and Wikipedia). This content aggregation was key to give the real-time snapshot of the musical artists that populate the world of the DIG Music's various audiences. To make sure that all this wonderful (and sometimes messy) data was indeed useful, Semantic Web technology was enlisted in unique ways (again another first for the ABC).
David Peterson will give a case study discussing the architecture choices, custom modules built, module selections and performance tweaks used along with Drupal 6. He will cover the technology that made the mashup possible: Semantic Web, linked data, Wikipedia, MusicBrainz, Last .FM, Discogs and Apache Solr Search. The good, the bad and the ugly will be revealed along with the secret ingredients that made it all work. If time allows David will also cover how he would do things differently in a Drupal 7 world.