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Channelography identifies channels true personality

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Ian Forrester Ian Forrester | 16:23 UK time, Thursday, 12 November 2009


Channelography creates statistics about BBC Programmes by reading and analysing the captions within the programmes themselves. This means you get much richer data that you would normally get from the programme descriptions themselves. Its a collaborative backstage project from the guys at Rattle in Sheffield using there already known Muddy platform.

The whole project is still in early alpha so don't be surprised if you hit a brick wall where you are expecting data. But although still very early, its a interesting project and really adds a personality to programmes and locations. For example here is the break down of BBC Three programming. Who would have thought Factual when it comes to BBC Three? if more interesting is Jesus is the most mentioned person (hummm I don't think its for the reasons you'd first imagined) and Tesco claims the most mentioned organisation on BBC Three. And this is just scratching the surface.

There is a large description of the whole project on the about page, as you'd expect. But even better like most online services, if you don't like html. Switch to the xml version by adding .xml on the end of most urls created. For example here's all the docudramas indexed by the system.

There's a lot of data visualised within Channelography and with more time its going to be interesting to see how terms shift over the channels in regards to news stories and plot lines. Don't forget if you like what you see, do drop us a comment here on the blog or even follow @channelography and @bbcbackstage on twitter. Oh yes and to anyone who says we talk about twitter far too much... the data says otherwise...


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