BBC R&D

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These are weekly notes from the Internet Research & Futures Services team in BBC R&D sharing what we do. We work in the open, using technology and design to make new things on the internet and the web. You can follow us on Twitter at @bbcirfs

A bit of a brief entry this week as a few of the team have been on holiday, a few have been struck down with the lurgy, and others have been organising and attending workshops. Aside from that, exciting developments in IRFS continue... but much of it confidential. Here's what we can tell you...

This week Yves Raimond has mostly been focusing on an getting an ABC-IP API ready for the end of the quarter. The API uses the concept tagging algorithm that was used on speech-to-text results and applies it to web pages (news articles etc.), which means we can rely on pre-processing using NLTK’s named entity recognition.

Chris Newell has developed a system which continually builds recommender models for news clips, following some promising investigations during the recent News Build Studio. We hope to use the models, which use collaborative filtering, to explore recommender systems for news.

Andrew Nicolaou has been planning an internal hack day for the team; writing a brief, talking to facilitators and pricing up kit. As well as this Andrew re-wrote some python code for the “tweet printer” 10% project in javascript.

In other news, Olivier Thereaux has been putting together a position paper for the upcoming open data on the W3C web workshop, with contributions from a number of interested people across the BBC. Joanne Moore has been writing a report on the privacy user studies carried out in 2012. Tristan Ferne had a good workshop with colleagues in radio, plus Alia and Zillah created a great idea on the bus back to the office. And finally, Barbara Zambrini has been writing, reviewing and refining reports for the first phase of FI Content.

Links of interest

Our very own Chris Finch featured in a “Being At The BBC” film

How the Cooper-Hewitt design museum link to and from Wikipedia

VideoScribe: a tool to create stop-motion style hand drawing animations

Versu: interactive storytelling using a mixture of branching narratives and AI

Galatea: a classic piece of interactive fiction