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IRFS Weeknotes #126

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Chris Godbert | 09:15 UK time, Wednesday, 17 October 2012

I'm not sure we've managed anything quite as exciting as impressing Dick Mills this week but there's still loads of interesting work going on. Here are some of the highlights.

On their second week working together, the VistaTV sprint team of Libby, Andrew W, Anthony O, Chris Newell and Dan put the finishing touches on their first working prototype.

It's a clean design showing the top simulcast and on demand programmes minute by minute, updating in-place as it changes. Here's a screenshot:

They then moved on to the next mini-project, 'infinite trailers': the idea is to show a continuous reel of clips starting from what's popular right now and learning your tastes as you click 'skip' or 'add to playlist'. This work uses the Sibyl javascript engine that Chris Newell has talked about previously. They've got one more week to go, where they'll be working on a real-time information dashboard for radio.

On FI-CONTENT Chris and Barbara have been finalising their preparations for the 2012 NEM Summit, creating posters and making sure the demo of our recent work on authentication works seamlessly. It's the culmination of several months effort and represents a significant milestone in our work on the project.

James and Gareth have been working on building a plug-in module for OmniAuth to allow authentication against BBC Redux for internal applications. James also found time to work on a big screen application for the office, based on the Raspberry Pi platform, to show status information on some of our applications.

Yves has started working on capturing and windowing live TV subtitles for use within the ABC-IP project - the main goal being to pass those subtitles to the concept extraction tools we developed in earlier stage of the project.

Vicky, Jasmine and Dave have been working on the first IoT prototype as well as preparing for the upcoming Playful IoT Futures event. It's Jasmine's first week in the team and she's been getting up to speed on the project and thinking about the thematic structure of the event and how this can inform the research towards tagging at live events.

In other news, Gareth attended Web Expo Guildford on Friday, with highlights being talks from Seb Lee-Delisle (CreativeJS - beauty in the browser), Emma Mulqueeny (Rewired State) and Brian Suda (infographics/"designing with data"). We're also excited about the TV/Radio extension for schema.org that Yves, Michael and others developed with Google and the EBU. Meanwhile, Olivier has been picking his way through waves of issue tracking for the web audio API and a mind bogglingly long thread on open standard processes. Silver lining: one of the documents he's worked on in the past few months has just been published as a W3C Draft Technical Report.

Finally, some interesting links:

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