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Paul Murphy Paul Murphy | 12:20 UK time, Wednesday, 28 April 2010

On the Backstage blog to mark Backstage's fifth birthday Ian Forrester has asked for images and stories related to Backstage to go into a couple of retrospective projects he's putting together. Find out more and contribute at BBC Backstage: five year retrospective.

Two other recent posts on the Backstage blog worth checking out: Data Art on Infosthetics (if you're at all interested in the visualisation of data) and When is a dataset not a dataset? The hackday project that crowdsourced data.gov.uk.


BBC Introducing is the digital equivalent of popping your band's demo cassette into a Jiffy bag and sending it off to John Peel. On the Music blog read Controller of Radio 1 Andy Parfitt on the fact that they've now had 20,000 artists upload 45,000 tracks and why the new way is better than the old.


On his blog at The Guardian website Roy Greenslade writes:

The BBC has refused a freedom of information request to reveal how many people watched its TV drama about freedom of information campaigner Heather Brooke.

Many commenters on the post agree that the BBC should be more open in the data it publishes while some see it as an attempt to obfuscate how well parts of the Corporation are performing, which leaves it to Internet blog regular The Phazer to write:
"...if the BBC answers this one, then it has set a precident that it will answer any, and will promtly get a good thousand of them a year. Suddenly we've spent the better part of half a million pounds. Of course they've knocked the thing back."

Also The Guardian reported on the biggest ever weekend's traffic for BBC News Online

for the 17 to 18 April with more than five million unique users on Saturday and 5.5 million on Sunday.

The MD of Freesat has answered some crowdsourced questions about the service, its future involvement with iPlayer, Project Canvas and lots more on the Join Freesat website.

Paul Murphy is the Editor of the Internet blog.


  • Comment number 1.

    "...if the BBC answers this one, then it has set a precident that it will answer any, and will promtly get a good thousand of them a year. Suddenly we've spent the better part of half a million pounds..."

    If there were a high demand for information that the public had a right to under the FOI then an organisation would end-up just openly publishing that data as a matter of course. Indeed, this forcing-function of the FOI act, to make it economically attractive for public bodies to pre-emptively publish information (data on activities and decision making material) is a good thing for the public interest.

    Public bodies should aim to work as transparently as is practical, and the FOI has a crucial place in making it attractive for them to do so.

  • Comment number 2.

    BBC Introducing seems a really cool idea, well done BBC! How do I listen to the music on a Free Software platform though? How do I listen to it on my mobile phone (which, like many mobile phones, does not have Adobe Flash)?

    Compact audio cassettes were openly specified by Philips, and we had a huge number of recorder-player devices, and lots of different tapes, from a wide variety of vendors. Adobe Flash on the other hand is available only from 1 vendor, and only a very limited number of devices.

    Why is the BBC promoting a closed, single-vendor proprietary technology?

  • Comment number 3.

    Here's Steve Jobs take on the "Flash is proprietary and bad".

  • Comment number 4.

    Is it just me or is anyone else with keeping location settings on the beta home page today 29th April?

  • Comment number 5.

    This comment has been referred for further consideration. Explain.

  • Comment number 6.

    I note that you said in the last Round up that the blogs are safe & not being phased out.

    But we have now lost the Blogs Module from the BBC Homepage and the new 'Topic Tracker' module seems to be having teething troubles as I remarked on message #53 and #56 of the Jo from BBC Homepage Blog

    It does not seem the Blogs have any presence on the BBC homepage now.


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