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| 18:57 UK time, Monday, 31 October 2005

Tom Coates has posted some mock ups, notes and screen shots of the BBC Radio and Music teams annotatable audio
prototype/project
.
It contains some fascinating new ways for users to contribute, add context and leave their traces on audio files and radio programmes and has already been much
blogged and commented on.

Tom explains the context behind it..

An on-demand archive is going to make the number of choices available to a given individual at any point almost completely unmanageable. And then there's the user-generated content - the amateur and semi-professional creations, podcasts and the like that are proliferating across the internet. In the longer term there are potentially billions of these media creators in the world. All of this choice, however, creates some significant problems - how on earth are people expected to navigate all of this content?"

The ideas expressed in the prototype (and the way its been implemented by several of Tom's team) is fascinating stuff. We'd be really keen to see any feedback or leave comments on Tom's blog on your thoughts on this.

This was Tom's last project for the BBC. We'll really miss him. He was a frequent visitor, supporter and critic! (in a good way) of Backstage.

By the way his (ex) music colleagues have also let us know that they have started to make the 1000+ reviews on the BBC Music site available for syndication.
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