R&D Round up- Friday 4th December
There have been a few events and developments in the last week that warrant a bit of a note in this blog, but we haven't had the time to pull together their own post. So by way of a catch up- here's the highlights of this week and a bit:
R&D is currently in the proces of recruiting graduate or equivalently experienced engineers for our graduate training program. Details are available on our careers page, and applications will be accepted up to the 18th of January. It is a cracking opportunity to forge a career in the North West or London area right at the heart of media technology. Competition is strong, and you maybe surprised at the background of previous succesful candidates- we need skills in a wide range of disciplines, and a blend of rigorous analytical capabilities along with innovative creativity. Engineering is not the only fruit!
Monday the 30th of November Kingswood Warren hosted an invite only Archive Workshop, with presentations from academia and industry. To name but a few of the contributors; Paul McConkey of Cambridge Imaging (they worked on the ITN/Pathe preservation project), ANdrew Zisserman of the Visual Geometry Group at Oxford University, Simon Factor of Moving Media, and Daniel Teruggi of INA . We hope to get a more detailed post from the organisers shortly.
R&D staff were active in last week's BeeBCamp3, the third (you guesed didn't you) of a series of Barcamp formt meetings held at the BBC to bring people together to explore how we can work together better in the future. This one had quite a few 'externals' (the rather scarey term we give to non-BBC people at BBC internal events) and was also a dual site event, with session in London and Manchester. See the BeeBCamp blog for a run down of the day.
ArcHak video and prototype available
We've edited down a mini documentary on the archive hack day of a few weeks back, along with the raw footage of all the final hacks and it's here for your viewing pleasure. The main doc goes to about the 8 minute mark- after that its the full footage of the final presentations. Be warned- we had a nightmare getting projectors and display screen working at the end of the day (they'd behaved impecably all morning for lightening talks) so the visuals are patchy, and the lighting and sound are very much rough and ready for the last bit.
And Brendan Quinn, our colleague here in R&D, has posted his archak prototype, Deathlines, as a demo on his blog. The details are in the video and on the blog, but in a nutshell he and Simon Delafond daisy chained a load of data sets across the BBC internal catalogues, yahoo, wikipedia and DBpedia, and piped it into the Memoryshare interface to produce a dark twist of navigating events by time!
Radio Labs is our sister blog, run by our collagues in Audio and Music and also the Prototyping Team (ok so it's complicated...) and they've just announced the launch of Mooso- an interactive game where your ability to tag musical styles in a popular way earns you points.
As Chris Bowley says: We've just launched the latest Radio Labs prototype: Mooso. It's a game you play while listening to 6 Music, in which you enter tags and suggest similar artists to describe the current track. If what you enter matches what other players enter you get points. We give more points for matching similar artists than tags and you also get a point just for playing.
Should be popular with the Children of the Zone! [Edit- The system runs weekdays from 7am to 7pm, so sadly we weren't able to try it out over the weekend, but will do when we get a chance in the week!]
Maggie Philbin Came to see us!
Yes THAT Maggie Philbin! She came down this week with BBC Click to look at our soon to be vacated base. We'll post up a link to the Click piece when it comes up, but in the mean time she's written some very nice things about us on her blog. Thank you Maggie, it was a delight to meet you at last.