RiC / MCN What is possible

Published: December 13, 2012


With our new semantic approach, there are a lot of things possible! To give you a little guideway in which way you can use Rock in China and Music-China, here is our first post about GENRE pages.

The above and below screenshots are taken from the page Rock of our system. Whereas in the past we only had a little bit of text on each artist page telling the genre, the same is now a semantic link directing readers to a genre page about e.g. Rock music. There are already a lot of Genre pages set up, so if you want to discover new music in let’s say “Traditional” or “Punk“, just check out the genre pages.

Our genre pages are built up as follows:

  • Top left part: a randomly selected YOUTUBE video of an artists that is tagged with the genre. In this case SAUL was selected by the system – not a bad choice. When you click on the “show” part of the red box additional infos are being shown about the artist.
  • Top Right part: a automatic alphabetical list of all artists tagged with the genre tag. If there are more than 30 entries, a “Further results” is displayed showing you the rest of the artists. For sure, our original category “Rock Artists” is still available and is automatically updated.

Scrolling down you see the following:


Four boxes with automatically generated content relevant to ROCK:

  • A definition field that tells you about the connection of this Genre to other Genres within our system, i.e. which other genres belong to ROCK. Surplus we have implemented semantic relations to outside pages, predominantly Wikipedia and DBpedia, for web crawlers to understand the relations and for you to quickly read up on the history of ROCK in general or e.g. of Funk.
  • A randomly generated list of records from ROCK artists. Again with a Further results list.
  • A list of all articles that are entered in the Article Category that are tagged with ROCK, chronologically ordered.
  • A list of all books that are entered in the Book Category that are tagged with ROCK.

Thereafter, as in every wiki page, individual content can be added, as e.g. is done at the “Jiangnan Sizhu” genre page (a traditional music genre from China). And last but not least this shows up:


The category for Genre is automatically set and below that is the magic Factbox that will appear on all semantic data pages of our wiki. it shows all mentioned PROPERTIES and its related VALUES, in this example the relation of our ROCK page to wikipedia (foat:primaryTopic) and our relation to dbpedia (sameas).

On the right side of the factbox you see “RDF feed” which will open in a XML file with all the properties and values for our genre page ROCK included (as well as incoming property statements). This is the page that can be web crawled, e.g. by Google, DBpedia, Freebase, BBC Music or any other service collecting music data. It can be web crawled and it can be understood due to the category tag GENRE and our SAMEAS relation to DBPedia.

Seen the above, compare that to what was possible in October 2012:

  • A category list with artists individually mentioned as “Rock Artists”

Now? All our pages are magically connected, giving you always the relevant content first and offering you options on how to discover new and unknown artists.

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