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Ian Forrester Ian Forrester | 21:38 UK time, Monday, 27 October 2008

Andy explains what iplayerlist is and how it works.

I scrape bbc.co.uk/iplayer for all the current TV shows (a-z atom feeds help).Then I extract the synopsis from /programmes for each episode.
I then throw the episode synopsis at the Beta Open Calais API. This API will extract a ton of concepts, including some geographical information that it thinks the synopsis relates to (don't ask me how, I assume some sort of magic elf reads it).This geographical information (states, countries, towns etc) now includes longitudes and latitude info thanks to Open Calais chatting to Freebase. It works best with the larger synopsis.
I'm still questioning if this is any use to an non techy user. Would my dad like to see a map showing TV shows which relate to them? Anyway, in the future I might add a bit of colour coding on the markers for program type
(childrens, factual, comedy etc).

Because you can do it doesn't always make it useful but its the point of Backstage. To explorer the useful, artistic, clever, serious, etc. Keep on submitting...


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