Earlier this year whilst Steve Bowbrick was blogger in residence for BBC FM&T, he spent some time looking at "openness" at the BBC. Part of Steve's definition of openness was the "uncomplicated, generous use of licence fee funding to produce content, code and other assets in forms that can be shared".
In his round up, Steve mentioned some of the open source software that the BBC has created such as Kamaelia and Glow. At the time Glow was not actually available outside the BBC, but we are happy to announce that Glow is now released under the Apache 2.0 licence.
That's all very well you may say, but what on earth is Glow?
Put simply, Glow allows web developers to easily manipulate web pages, create animations and add sophisticated "widgets" to their pages. The library has a comprehensive and easily navigated set of documentation.
We started using Glow on bbc.co.uk in late 2007, and since the start have always intended to release it for wider use. It's taken a little while to get there, but we are very excited to be in this position today. The BBC and open source software have a long history; much of bbc.co.uk is powered by such software, and amongst other things we have released various CPAN modules, Apache modules, and even state of the art video codecs.
If you want to find out more, we recommend you have a look at the Glow website, and if you are of a technical persuasion perhaps even download the library it and have a play. Whatever you think, we welcome your feedback.
Stephen Elson is Lead Product Manager, Glow, BBC Vision