ArcHak Archive Development Hack Day
R&D hosted over 40 colleagues from across the BBC on the 3rd of November for an intensive day of invention, innovation and development. The format was a 'hack day'- we've run them before on a larger scale, often with partners, (such as Hackday London 07, and Mashed) but this was a different, more specialised set up.
This time we just pulled in people from within the BBC who have been working independently on projects, technologies or systems that touch the archive in some way.
The BBC 'Archive' as managed by the Information and Archives dept is a massive and varied collection- it includes video and film, radio broadcasts and recordings from the very earliest days of the corporation, and written archives and sheet music from well before. Add to that hundreds of thousands of photographs, and you begin to get a picture of the vast collections we hold. Beyond that though is the 'metadata'! This is the crucial cataloguing information; the production notes, the cast lists, running orders, music notes, accounts even. Today every moment of broadcasting is planned, coordinated and tracked by using millions of pieces of information about the programmes, their content, and event the way we deliver it to you, the audiences.