IRFS Weeknotes #160
These are weekly notes from the Internet Research & Future Services team in BBC R&D where we share what we do. We work in the open, using technology and design to make new things on the internet. You can follow us on Twitter at @bbcirfs.
This week we've been working on COMMA, planning the next phase of Vista-TV and attending the Mozilla Festival and the NEM Summit.
LU Petit Beurre factory in Rue de la Biscuiterie (yes, really!), Nantes
These are our 160th weeknotes! Looking back it is just incredible how many projects the team has been working on and there is more to come!
Let's start by saying 'farewell' to our colleague Chris Finch who is leaving us but moving only a bus stop away so we can still meet him for lunch.
While Denise has been working on chapterisation/segmentation using metadata about "interesting bits", Yves has been writing up his notes for ISWC and following up on few contacts made there. He spent most of his time working on the initial COMMA algorithm, an integrated version of the algorithms used within the WS archive. As part of that he built a big ElasticSearch index for all DBpedia URIs, which might prove useful outside of COMMA.
Libby, Chris Newell, Theo and several others attended the collaborative design workshop facilitated by Andrew N, planning the next phase of work on the ViSTA-TV second-screen application and thinking about the dimensions of what we could do. Andrew N. did also some exploratory work on the Frankenpins library, adding support for LEDs (both single- and multi-coloured) in order to indicate what a RadioDan is doing - apart from playing audio.
Chris Needham has been looking at the W3C Network Service Discovery spec as part of the MediaScape work on device discovery and pairing. This allows various discovery mechanisms to be used in the browser, e.g., DNS-SD and DIAL. Chris has also been working on a plug-in architecture for egBox allowing us to easily add new functionality into it, and migrating all the existing functionality (TV Tag, smart remote, etc) into plugins. Plugins are implemented as npm packages. Somehow he also found time to publish a blog post on the audio waveform project.
In Nantes, Barbara gave a presentation at NEM on the FI-Content 2 Open Call and sat in windowless rooms for days during the project's plenary meeting. Good discussions, some useful outcomes from the session she ran and she also discovered the original Petit Beurre biscuits were actually made in this amazing factory.
While Tristan was fighting a nasty flu and doing lots of reading, Olivier gave an abridged “rusty web” presentation to the BBC’s prototyping interest group and planned for his upcoming week of W3C meeting in Shenzhen.
- Tabula: a PDF scraper to extract tabular data and make it available as JSON and CSV
- The Like Log Study: how words and UPPERCASE in Facebook stories triggers reactions among readers
- Boston Globe Traffic Analysis on Facebook: the same as above but for the Boston Globe journal
- Usability in Japan and the Galapagos Syndrome with brilliant demonstration of how an automated machine should work
- Visual Sedimentation is a nature-inspired way to display realtime data evolution by relying on the generated feeling
- http://www.technologyreview.com/review/520246/as-we-may-type/ : interesting look at some new writing tools and CMSes
- A review of the World Service archive in "The Lady" magazine!
- Kaggle: a platform for predictive modelling competitions
- Web Audio API in Firefox 25
- Designing for Ubiquitous Computing: a great talk by Bill Buxton
- Phonebloks: modular smartphones
- Memento - a browser extension which “allows seamless navigation from a Web resource to its prior/archived versions available elsewhere on the Web'
- http://research.google.com/tables: a search engine for tables on the Web
- A nice article by Ed Summers (Library of Congress) on our World Service archive prototype
- Mail delivery at the office: this robot delivers internal mail in the Canadian Broadcasting Corp