Round up Friday 29 January 2010: "Backstage blog is Back!"
With due apologies to the Backstreet Boys the Internet blog would like to extend a warm welcome back into the fold to the BBC Backstage blog. With a full archive of posts in its new look and tireless updating from Ian it's an inspiration and a great resource.
The long anticipated BBC Two documentary about the web Virtual Revolution starts this Saturday night at 8.30pm (and on iPlayer after that). For those of you who've been following the release of rushes and interviews that the team have publishing as they go along it's a chance to see and compare the edited results. And for those of you going 'Hold on I thought it was called "Digital Revolution"?!' that was only ever going to be a working title.
There's an entertaining interview by Information Age (typical quote: "One of the core principles of the strategy is 'frictionless technology'. Can you define what this means?" with the BBC's CTO John Linwood (typical quote: "If I ask my wife is she uses interactive services or web-based services on her iPhone, she would say no. But if I ask her if she uses the weather function, she would say yes, absolutely.").
If that's not enough for you there's a post on the Internet blog with a PDF of the BBC Technology Strategy document. Happy reading.
If this is something that appeals to you:
Last year, we got OpenLink and Talis to crawl BBC Programmes and provide two SPARQL end-points on top of the aggregated data. However, getting the data by crawling it means that the end-points did not have all the data, and that the data can get quite outdated -- especially as our programme data changes a lot.Then you should have a look at the post Live SPARQL end-point for BBC Programmes on the DBTune blog.
And finally as they say on TV, the Open Post is still open so you can tell us what areas you'd like us to cover on the blog. We've been looking at your comments and questions to date and will start responding on Monday.
Paul Murphy is the Editor of the Internet blog.