IRFS Weeknotes #130
Well, I'm supposed to be across all of the work from the Internet Research and Future Services team so today's weeknotes is a look at the current state of projects. In no particular order:
Vista - exploring applications of real-time audience data
The sprint team have built 3 quick prototypes, "Heartbeat EPG", "Infinite Trailers" and "Radio Stats", which is just being polished off and was shown at our team demo session on Thursday. Chris Newell is currently looking at Storm for distributed and fault-tolerant data stream processing. And then we need to work out which areas to take further.
World Service archive - putting archives online with machine-generated and crowd-sourced metadata.
The protoype has been live for a couple of months with a select group of users. We now want to know what we've learnt so we've been analysing feedback and data. Michael has fallen in love with the seer gem for his graphs, we've been grappling with analytics and trawling through the feedback we've received.
ABC - researching ways of automatically extracting metadata from media
We’re currently extracting topics from live subtitles across the BBC’s TV channels and experimenting with running our speech segmentation algorithms across audio from Parliamentary sessions. It’s good at detecting hubbub and booing.
R&D website - re-building the R&D website
Status: ramping up
This is really ramping up now, more people are getting added to the team every day and Olivier is running daily stand-ups in front of a wall of of design print-outs. Lots of design, templating, deployment and content work.
Snippets - finding, snipping and sharing moments from TV programmes
We now have a full strength team on this and right now they’re refactoring and re-architecting the code for this and Redux, the underlying A/V archive. Also designing internal APIs.
FI-Content - exploring identity and personal data on connected TVs
Status: wrapping up
I think it’s only Barbara on this week and she’s planning for the wrap-up video of the TV authentication work - “pin & pair” on a remote control and a smartphone app. Filming due next week.
Radiophonic Workshop - using HTML5 audio to reproduce radiophonic sounds
I think this is supposed to be done, but I suspect there’s a bit of tweaking and polishing happening. It looked like the team were selling it to someone yesterday!
Internet of Things - researching how the IoT works for media, entertainment, storytelling, games and toys
After running last week’s unconference the team is busy digesting and writing.
RadioTagBot - Twitter bookmarking for TV and radio
Tweet @radiotagbot with the name of a BBC channel and it will tell you what is on and add it to your bookmarks at http://radiotagbot.prototyping.bbc.co.uk/. Libby released this into the wild this week. Now we’re seeing what happens.
And I guess there might be some secret projects that no-one’s told me about. Finally I leave you with some interesting links:
- An RDF in JSON proposal from Dave Rogers (technical architect for the BBC Linked Data Platform)
- An analysis of state-of-the-art technologies for hypervideo.
- Via the W3C TPAC conference, a WebID/FOAF and SSL-enabled website
- Most of Lawrence Lessig’s books on the culture, law and technology of the internet are available under a CC licence, including some free iBooks
- Sessions from last weekend’s Mozilla Festival