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The List

The List is the UK’s leading b2b live events data business and uses AI and semantic processes to source, merge and deduplicate the UK’s most comprehensive set of events data.

The List
The List

Where possible structured data is acquired from source, importing feeds from box offices and ticketing companies but it also ingests user submitted data, information from spreadsheets and other supplies of varying quality.

Live events data (theatre, gigs, days out) is complex and highly fragmented. It changes all the time. It has to be collected from a huge range of providers, using entirely different systems, none of which talk to each other. The List makes these events available through its own website, list.co.uk and increasingly sells this data to third parties. Third parties use this information for a variety of purposes. Some examples of this are:

THE CHALLENGE

The List work with a range of third party data clients, that often request multiple images for each event. However, images come in all shapes and sizes, and it’s common to have to resize these images to fit into a website or app’s overall design (which vary in size and aspect ratio). While it is straightforward for a computer to crop an image to a particular size, it’s important that the resulting image still looks good, and preserves the overall impact of the original, which currently requires a human eye. There are a range of tools and online services already available, but we seek to not only adopt multiple techniques including machine learning, but also create a unified process to deliver an order of magnitude increase in capacity and scalability.

Live events data is complex and highly fragmented. Being able to provide the maximum number of events images possible in a wide range for format that fits every device would hugely improve the value of The List’s service to clients.

By way of example, images come in entirely different landscape and portrait formats. They also are sent through with time sensitive text i.e. a festival image may be able to be used more than once if it’s generic but can’t be reused if the headline acts or festival dates are also present in the image. Wording of any type is usually problematic and can occur across any part of the image – there is no set way in which images are submitted.

The List’s primary challenge is the expectation of clients for images for every single event (as most of their digital properties are built with visual impact in mind). Being able to provide the maximum number of images possible in a range of formats that fits every single app, website, printed publication (and more) is very hard. Solving this problem automatically would hugely improve the value of The List’s service to clients.

The List
The List

The List’s primary challenge is the expectation of clients for images for every single event (as most of their digital properties are built with visual impact in mind). Being able to provide the maximum number of images possible in a range of formats that fits every single app, website, printed publication (and more) is very hard. Solving this problem automatically would hugely improve the value of The List’s service to clients.

APPLICATIONS

Open calls for challenge project applications will happen twice a year in April and October. The application and awarding process for Challenge Projects involves two separate selection processes:

  1. Selection of up to 5 appropriate challenges to take forward.
  2. Selection of an appropriate response to each selected challenge to take forward and fund.

A selection panel will be put in place for both selection processes, with Challenge Holders forming part of the panel for the second phase of selection, where responses to their challenges are reviewed.

DATES

12.04.19ROUND #1

Applications open for the first round of Challenge Projects.

09.10.2019ROUND #2

Applications open for the second round of Challenge Projects.

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