Round up Thursday 19 August 2010
Apparently it's archive week at the BBC and there are blog posts all over the BBC and an excellent Guardian Tech weekly podcast to mark this auspicious occasion. In case you missed them (and there are a couple more to come before the end of the week) here they are in full:
- Project manager Helen Papadopoulos blogs on BBC Genome which will "bring the broadcast history of the BBC to life". Genome involves creating of an online catalogue of every BBC programme ever broadcast and it starts by scanning every issue of the Radio Times.
- Roly Keating, the BBC's Director of Archive Content, introduces the latest online archive collection featuring British novelists in their own words and goes on to talk about the importance of putting historically important material online.
- As this one's on the Internet blog you will have probably seen it already: Adrian Williams, Digitisation Group Manager, blogs on the huge collection of items in the BBC archive at Windmill Road.
- Richard Wright from BBC Research & Development describes the work of BBC R&D and its partners in preserving and maintaining historical broadcasting assets.
- You can also see a short film on the BBC YouTube Channel which takes you on a tour of the Windmill Road archive.
Update: 20th August: see also Peter Skinner's post "A New Home For the BBC Archive" on the About The BBC blog (NR).
Nevali has not only been making some salient points on this blog he's also been busy on his own blog, most recently responding to BBC online boss Erik Hugger's post HTML5, open standards, and the BBC. It's worth reading Line-by-line: HTML5, open standards, and the BBC in full.
And nevali's previous post is a nice follow up to Meet the Green Button! New Developments on Freeview+ and Freeview+HD: Trailer Booking which featured on the R&D blog (and I missed cross-posting it because I was on holiday).
Max Gadney from BBC multiplatform introduced the prototype of Dimensions, a juxtapostion of historical data with stuff you know based on your location. Matt Jones from BERG, the people who created it, explains all on the BERG blog. Go have a play with it.
Paul Murphy is the Editor of the Internet blog. Before you ask this is the info I have about the image from the archive:
"BBC News Editing 01/01/1998 BBC, BBC News Editing, News VT Tape Transfer in BBC TV Centre London. Beta Video Recorders."