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BBC News Archive Explorer

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| 16:32 UK time, Tuesday, 24 May 2005

This prototype allows you to browse news headlines from the past. You can navigate to different days, the news articles for which are then listed in the order that they were published throughout the day. This might be useful for someone who has missed a day's worth of news, or who wants to research the events of a particular time period.

The prototype works by storing the contents of the last 50 published articles RSS feed in a database, the web page then allows you to navigate to a particular day, and view the articles.

Given more time I would fully populate the (very sparse) database, and build more services upon this data, such as; a search that displays matching articles in a time-line format allowing you to explore how a story has developed, and sub-categorising the news articles, so you can easily see the articles you are interested in.

More prototypes to follow...

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