SUMMA User Day - Details and Agenda

SUMMA user day, held on 3rd July 2017 at BBC Monitoring in Caversham.

10.30-10.45 Introduction to the workshop and the SUMMA project
Steve Renals, University of Edinburgh, SUMMA Coordinator
10.45-11.15 Motivation and Vision for automated technologies at BBC Media Monitoring

Sara Beck, head of BBC Monitoring,
Chris Hernon, BBC Monitoring SUMMA Product Owner

11.15-11.30 Media monitoring at Deutsche Welle

Peggy van der Kreeft, Deutsche Welle, Innovation Manager

11.30-12.00 Demo of SUMMA Platform

Guntiz Barzdins, LETA Latvian Information Agency

12.00-12.30 Selected technical talks:

12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-3.00 Tours of BBC Monitoring to be arranged on arrival with Chris Hernon

Technical posters: What are the challenges?


3.00-3.30 Coffee

Panel discussion/Feedback session

  • Moderator: Alexandra Birch (University Edinburgh)
  • Els Kindt (Specialist in Data Protection Law, at University of Leuven)
  • David Padmore (Head of Access Services, TVT)
  • Steve Plunkett (CTO Ericsson Media Tech)
  • Artur Romão (Director, Innovation and Development at DECSIS)


4.30-5.00 Wrap Up

Steve Renals

BBC Monitoring is located in Caversham Park, in the Caversham area of Reading. If you arrived in a car or taxi, there is a barrier with two traffic lights and an intercom. Wait till the first light is green, move forward on to the yellow hatching, and press the intercom. Give them your name, if you have registered with EventBrite, and mention SUMMA and they should let you through. Wait for the barrier to go down AND for the second light to turn green! If walking, there is a gate on the path to the right of the barrier with an intercom. Occasionally some taxi drivers will ask to set you down outside the barrier rather than call and go through.


BBC Monitoring Caversham Park, Reading, RG4, United Kingdom


Heathrow is the best airport to fly into. There is a fast and frequent special coach from all terminals to Reading station. Timetables and ticket booking here:


There are fast and frequent trains from London Paddington station to Reading (about 25 minutes journey).


Taxis are abundantly available from the station, and BBC Monitoring is about 15 minutes ride from there.


If you want to challenge yourself to figure out the buses, you need the 24 or 25 (not that complicated really).

Town centre bus stop map

Number 24

get on at bus stop FL

get off at

Number 25

get on at bus stop FJ

get off at

How to get there