Round up, Monday 1 March 2010: "Corporation's web pages are to be halved"
Following up on their story last week about the blocking of open source implementations of RTMP (real-time messaging protocol) streaming in the iPlayer, The Register asked if the BBC's regulating body The BBC Trust would be looking at the matter and got this reply:
'"The decision to block open source plugins is a matter for BBC Management. The Trust has not received any complaints on this issue and has no plans to look into it further at present," a BBC Trust spokeswoman told The Register.'
There are ongoing conversations on the Internet blog, the iPlayer messageboards, the BBC Backstage mailing list and The Register itself among others.
On the subject of The Register I particularly enjoyed Suits 2.0 will survive BBC's 'purge'. This leads me neatly to the leaking of the BBC's long awaited Strategy Review and its now well documented cuts at the end of last week.
Beehive City have some speculation on who might be responsible and who might benefit most from the leak. Most of the press attention has fallen on the closure of 6Music and the Asian Network but the bit of The Times' story that naturally caught this blog's attention was:
"The corporation's web pages are to be halved"
We were slightly perplexed by this as was nevali on the Tumbled Logic blog:
"I don't know what this means, and I build web sites for a living. People I know who build web sites for a living don't know what it means. People who work for the BBC don't know what it means. Nobody knows what it means because it makes no sense at all. How do you "halve" web pages? Is URI count the principal measure of a site's size? Or is it the amount of content? How much of it is generated automatically from things which the BBC has internally anyway? How much of it is user-generated? Once you take away News, Weather, iPlayer, the blogs, the message-boards, H2G2 and /programmes, what do you have left? Maybe the educational stuff should go? Or the games on CBeebies (as much as I dislike Flash, my three year old shares no such derision)? What about the BBC Food content? Sport? Where must the axe fall?"
In the meantime many individual user's attention has tended to look at the services that they themselves use. THis is from the Points of View messageboards:
"I know we like to moan about the clunking technology, the moderation, the Hosting, the rules, etcetera. But there's something about these BBC boards that keeps me coming back. I think it's because the majority of posters attracted here tend to be articulate, intelligent and mostly with a good sense of humour and 'camaraderie'...Don't axe us, Auntie!"
The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones reports on the recent spate of phising attacks on Twitter:
"The direct message from a Twitter friend read: "hey, i've been having better sex and longer with this here..." followed by a link to a website, which I chose not to follow."
Finally there's an interview with the BBC's CIO Tiffany Hall on the CIO magazine website:
'The role of the CIO at the BBC is a slicing and dicing of many of the traditional CIO functions. "Though it is a CIO job title the scope isn't necessarily what you would traditionally see, so within Future Media & Technology, there are colleagues of mine on the senior leadership team who deal with all the audience-facing technologies and I deal with all the technologies that are delivered to support the BBC staff in making the content and running the business," says Hall.'
Paul Murphy is the Editor of the BBC Internet blog. The picture is of the sign that lives above the search team who are located next door to the Internet blog.