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Olivier Thereaux | 17:08 UK time, Friday, 13 April 2012

These weeknotes are brought to you by the numbers 1, and 3. Weeknotes 103 on Friday the 13th. The only scary thing about it all is that, having almost forgotten to send the call for weeknotes in a timely manner, I decided to go around the office, look at what people are up to, and ask questions...

Theo has a wireframe on his screen that says "Hello". Which is nice. He is working on the ABC-IP project, coming up with the process and interfaces for a prototype which would allow users to agree or disagree with tags on a given programme. Andrew explains that the ABC-IP team has been planning the implementation of an experiment to understand tagging behaviour. They've got the user journey all planned out in some detail and broken into tasks so next week he just has to build it.

ChrisLo and Matt are leaning on Matt's desk, talking over a complex audio processing graph. They are looking at the diagram for the ring modulator demo of our Audio API project, on which Matt has been working most of the week. The hard part was trying to understand how the web audio api synchronises and renders audio - with a view to report back to the group, try and understand. He says he has been listening to sine waves all day. He does look a little tired. Meanwhile, ChrisLo has been turning Pete's interface into HTML/CSS/JS, starting with making a twiddly knob. It's actually quite hard to make something that feels natural - something you can actually grab and rotate. Most "knob" interfaces on the web are actually either left-right or up-down. Chris remarks that what is a natural analog interface is not necessarily natural with a mouse or touch interface. Score one for the anti-skeuomorphism camp.

Rob is surrounded by cardboard boxes. He and the Snippets project team joined us and moved in just days ago, and have been presenting/demo-ing a lot. On Thursday their demo of the new download and transcode service in Snippets was followed by a great chat on the snippets APIs and how the tool could be adapted for radio. Thursday was also an occasion for Adrian to come and talk with us about the newly launched Connected Studio initiative, in which we'll definitely get involved.

Yves, meanwhile, has been in full public-speaking mode: « I've given a talk at the IRI at the Centre Pompidou in Paris on Tuesday. The talks (in French) were recorded, as well as tweets, questions etc. on the polemictweet website run by the IRI. I shared the stage with the IRI and Raphael Troncy from Eurecom, who presented his work in the W3C Media Fragments Working Group. On Wednesday, George and I went to a meeting at the Institut Francais in Paris for a potential collaborative project. Finally, I've spent the last couple of days preparing my talks for the WWW'12 conference in Lyon. I'll be presenting two talks, one at LDOW on the Monday and one in the demo track on the Wednesday. I'll be in a panel at the end of LDOW as well, with Ivan Herman (W3C), Peter Mika (Yahoo!) and Tim Berners-Lee (MIT/W3C), entitled "Microdata, RDFa, Web APIs, Linked Data: Competing or Complementary?". »

The FI-Content team is continuing its work on user data transparency and control, and starting to scope the next phase of work. Dan is still working on a protoype aimed at explaining the value of giving up a little privacy for a better experience of catch-up TV. Barbara has been working on several FI-Content deliverables, including writing the material for a presentation to be given at the upcoming project review at the EC, while Sean and Chris Needham have been defining a new project to develop a protocol for authenticating TV and radio devices and pairing them with online accounts.

No week, even a 4-days week, would be complete without its lot of meetings. This week the social-butterfly award is a draw between Tristan and Sean. Both of them have been connecting with colleagues across the BBC. Sean seemed rather pleased with the meetings we've had with colleagues in R&D, and how our related work on video in HTML and the interactive TV research platform (a.k.a eg-box) seems to fall nicely into place.

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