Open Post: September 2013

Monday 16 September 2013, 10:12

Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds Editor Internet blog

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It’s been more than a year since the last "open post" on the Internet blog.

Now the blog is sitting soundly on iSite after the migration earlier this year, this seems like a good time to have another one.

If you’re new to the blog the purpose of an open post is to give you the opportunity to make a comment, ask a question or have a conversation about any aspect of the work of BBC Future Media or BBC Online.

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I’d also be interested if you have any subjects you’d like the blog to cover more intensively. UX&D? Software development? Mobile? Data? The Cloud? Leave a comment as I’m always looking new ideas and angles.

The following caveats apply:

1. Comments need to abide by the BBC’s House Rules. Keep the conversation civil please

2. If you want to make a specific complaint about the BBC use the Complaints website

3. This open post is about the work of BBC Online – if you want to have a general discussion about the BBC, try the Points of View message board.

I can’t promise to answer every question or comment but I’ll host and do my best.

The post will be open for comments for a month.


Nick Reynolds is Editor, BBC Internet blog

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    Comment number 1.

    I really enjoy reading about your work with Linked Data and I'd like to know if developers like myself will be able to build apps on your data stores outside of the Connected Studio events?

    In addition what is the BBC doing to support the Open Data movement (for example

    Thank you

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    Comment number 2.

    Hi Nick - thanks for the opportunity to make suggestions. I've been reading quite a bit about Big Data on both 'serious' websites and more tongue-in-cheek takes on the topic on pages like - as BBC is undoubtedly in an excellent position to use such customer information, I'm curious to know about the initiatives around it. I have read a few blog articles on the topic by BBC's Charles Miller - but nothing that gives a practical feel for how BBC could transform its offerings using the Big Data concept.

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    Comment number 3.


    This is not a complaint more of a question really. How do you determine what's newsworthy and what isn't?

    I've been glued to your coverage of the salvage operation in Italy all day but would have loved more information.

    I would have liked to know a whole lot more about the technicalities, the mechanics of what was being done. The problems that were overcome, the geology, physics and the engineering involved, and so on.

    I would have liked a little more information about the Italian warship - the Cassiopeia? - moored watching events and the Italian navy in general. (I used her pennant number to use Wikipedia in the end.) The fact that a coast guard cutter was also there watching events was interesting and I wouldn't have minded a short piece on how Italy organizes its coastal watchers compared to ourselves.

    I would have enjoyed a short travelogue about Tuscany and the island of Giglio - which looks beautiful - and about the coast, marine life and history.

    I would have liked to know a lot more about the Concordia; where she was built, the cost, and so on.
    And I would have liked some mention made of the 32 poor souls who lost their lives.

    Now this may just be me, perhaps I need to get out more or see a specialist, who knows, and if mine is a lone voice then fair enough.

    But is it unreasonable to think that not everybody is obsessed with celebrity and talent shows nor, dare I say, politics? I would have have listened all day long to a sort of Test Match Special of experts just talking amongst themselves about what was going on, what was being achieved etc. Anything really.

    Almost like the BBC had a duty to inform and educate; as well as entertain.

    Come to think of it, that wouldn't make a bad mission statement, would it?

    Thanks for reading

    Best wishes

    Brian Smith

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    Comment number 4.

    Nick, given the proliferation of devices with smaller screen sizes with which to access the web, I would be interested to know what constitutes good practice in terms of writing online content - I imagine it would be quite different to traditional media (particularly given people's shorter attention spans on the net when compared to reading material in print, let alone device screen size restrictions!).

    I've seen many articles on best or recommended practice for language use and on style guides like - it would be great to see some BBC opinion specific to publishing content on the Internet though, and how you see this evolving.

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    Comment number 5.

    Will the Scottish Political and Business blogs be opened to comments once more before the referendum. It is highly suspicious that they are closed when all their other counterparts across the rest of the BBC are open when the Scottish Referendum is happening.


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