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Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds | 16:10 UK time, Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Fabrizio Giudici has written a long blog post: "About Android, The Semantic Web and the BBC". Here's an edited extract:

The Semantic Web has been designed exactly to ... have a specific way to integrate data from multiple sources. There are more and more RDF-enabled websites and a very interesting one for my purposes is the BBC, as it is - among other things - a very active producer of nature video footage of excellent quality and known all over the world... Recently, the BBC has done a huge amount of work to make available many pieces of its footage about nature by means of a web interface, the BBC Wildlife Finder (this is part of a larger initiative that makes available also other productions, such as news and sports). Information is both available in HTML for a traditional desktop navigation and in RDF+XML for other uses...

(Thanks to Tom Scott for the link)

Mark Thompson (no relation to the BBC's Director General) reckons: "BBC News iPad app not available in the UK - unjustifiable":

Recently I have been trying to find a good general news app for my shiny new iPad. There are a few out there but what I really wanted was something that provides content of the quality of the BBC News website in an iPad friendly form. Unfortunately I could not find a BBC News iPad app when I looked... Imagine my bemusement then when I discovered today that there actually is such an app and it has been (unsurprisingly) downloaded over a million times globally but that it is not available in the UK. Apparently the BBC Trust is worried that it might hurt the domestic commercial media market.

Comments include contributions from Martin Belam and Mo.

Hugh Garry from Radio 1 is "Rewarding the Love", through "Radio 1's social media channels".

And you've got until Friday to listen to Paul Wakely (Editor, Moderation Services), discussing anonymity on Radio 4's You and Yours (available on iPlayer now - feature starts around 30 minutes in).

Nick Reynolds is Social Media Executive, BBC Online.


  • Comment number 1.

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  • Comment number 2.

    I note the following from the Fabrizio Giudici blog:-

    iPlayer for Android will be Flash-based. Unfortunately, this means that only a subset of Android 2.2 mobile phones will be able to run it. This is not a constraint due to technical reasons: for instance, iPlayer on iPhone is already available and, clearly, it doesn't use Flash; furthermore, Dave Johnston demonstrated that the BBC clips can be rendered on Android in an alternate way. While I understand that delivering on multiple platforms is hard and expensive, I really hope that BBC finds a solution for supporting older Android versions, because a long time will pass before 2.2 significantly spreads.

    Odd, isn't it, that almost everyone, apart from the BBC itself, can see that the Flash approach to iPlayer on Android is a non-starter and that the decision to use Flash is political, rather then technical.


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