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Ben Hammersley on backstage.bbc.co.uk

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| 18:06 UK time, Thursday, 5 May 2005

"backstage.bbc.co.uk isn't just a result of the unique way the BBC is funded. That it fulfils a requirement of the BBC charter is wholly incidental. It's actually a symbol of something much much bigger: it's laying down the gauntlet for the rest of the world. It proves the point that on the internet, hiding your content is suicide. It says that you can either open up, and we can all flourish together; or you can remain closed, and die alone."

The words of Ben Hammersley - respected technical journalist, author and esteemed evangelist for the semantic web.

Before launching to the public we ran an internal BBC-staff-only iteration of backstage.bbc.co.uk for members of the BBC’s new media departments.

The response was phenomenal.

Ben Hammersley was asked to preside over the fruits of everyone’s spare-time labour, tasked with the aim of finding the 'cream of the crop' from the ideas and prototypes submitted.

We’ll be showcasing who won in the coming days and weeks – watch this space.

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