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Opening Up the Archives: Part 6- New Kinds of Metadata

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Ant Miller Ant Miller | 15:00 UK time, Thursday, 26 July 2012

In the sixth and final part of the film about R&D's work in archive technologies we take an in depth look at the advanced work exploring new kinds of metadata.  Essential for finding content in the digital era, metadata is often unavailable or hard to work with for older archive material.  By using advanced digital analysis techniques, and harnessing the capabilities of hundreds of human volunteers, the archive R&D team is developing tools that will keep the treasures of the archive at the fingertips of program makers and, hopefully, the public, for years to come.

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To catch up on previous parts of this film go to this page that lists all the posts on the blog with the Opening Up the Archives tag.  Huge thanks to Alex Mansfeild, erstwhile producer of such shows as Material World on Radio 4, for his great work in presenting these films for us.  And thanks again to our camera op, director and editor, the estimable David Allen.  Gentlemen, we thank you.


  • Comment number 1.

    No, it was not a 1959 diesel locomotive! (Probably 2002)

    It will be interesting to see how crowd sourced and automatic genre recognition progresses. There seems to be a problem with programmes that may not appear to be what they are.

    Black comedy and ironic comedy spring to mind. How would The Office or The Thick Of It be classified by a computer? Even Steptoe And Son veers between comedy and sections of pathos and misery so auto classification may have a problem.

    Staying with comedy there is the issue of how dated and politically challenging certain archive material may be for the BBC. Will we end up with a metadata tag for "uncorrect views" in Till Death Us Do Part"?


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