Music Beta: Linking Artists To News
It's all been a bit quiet on the BBC Music Beta front recently while the team has been crunching data and tweaking designs behind the scenes. What's currently got us busiest is working out how we can provide more complete data of which artists are played in which programmes. (Here's some detail about why that matters.) Most of the work in this area involves building tools for producers to be able to update this data in a way that's easy & effective, and can also generate brand-based views of the data like tracklists which offer links to artists. Which all takes time.
But I digress - because the good news is we also have a nice juicy new piece of content to announce. One of our developers, Patrick Sinclair, has found a very smart way of automatically including links to relevant BBC News stories in our artist pages. The gratifying thing about this is that we've found a way of rewarding good web citizenship. Patrick explains it all much better than I could.
Matthew Shorter is Interactive Editor, Music, BBC Audio & Music Interactive.