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Paul Murphy Paul Murphy | 15:45 UK time, Friday, 11 December 2009

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What do winners do? They win.

Digital Revolution are offering you a chance to win things by making a short trailer for the forthcoming series or a short film on the series' themes using the rushes that they've made available on their website. So what do you win?
"Your short film or trailer could win a promo spot on the BBC Homepage and be seen by hundreds of thousands of people. The winners will also be invited to attend a documentary masterclass at the BBC and meet with a BBC Multiplatform Commissioning Executive."

By way of inspiration they've commissioned two pieces: Cassetteboy's mash up and Barry Pilling's stop-frame animation. Both are clever and funny, and that's not something we write very often on the blog.

Shock! "BBC hoodwinks bloggers with promises of links"

Earlier in the week Malcom Coles wrote on his blog:
"Shownar is a BBC site that tracks online buzz about BBC shows. Despite being paid for by the licence fee, it's pulling the wool over bloggers' eyes by claiming that, if you link to it, it will link back - but it's nofollowing the links."

What's the big deal about nofollow you may ask? Malcolm Coles himself quotes from Google (and it's a good explanation so we'll use it):
"When Google sees the attribute (rel="nofollow") on hyperlinks, those links won't get any credit when we rank websites in our search results."

Shownar's product manager Andrew Barron quickly responded on Coles' blog:

"Our decision to add nofollow to these links was to avoid spam and people gaming our site. For the Shownar prototype we are running on a very low moderation staffing level as Shownar's primary aim was to experiment with different ideas and see how feeds and data performed in the real world... Generally the BBC isn't a fan of nofollow but we followed the lead of sites that can be gamed by spammers (eg Twitter and Flickr) who do use it."

And there is more news on Shownar's future:
Shownar will be retired in a few weeks. The good news is the version we are creating for bbc.co.uk is going to be backed by the moderation support that means we should be able to remove nofollows for those non-commerical blog posts that are significantly about a BBC programme."

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Canvassing your views

Projectcanvas.info launched this week as a site to keep up to date with the news on project canvas, the "proposed partnership between the BBC, ITV, BT and Five to build an open internet-connected TV platform, subject to BBC Trust approval." On the Internet blog Canvas director Richard Halton invited people's questions and comments and we hope to have a response on the blog shortly. In the meantime we'll let you know if there any Canvas-related announcements.

Research and Development

The BBC R&D team have been busy on the excellent R&D blog while still finding time to hang out with Maggie Philbin. As the normally laid back BBC R&Der Ant Miller wrote:
"Yes THAT Maggie Philbin!  She came down this week with BBC Click to look at our soon to be vacated base.  We'll post up a link to the Click piece when it comes up, but in the mean time she's written some very nice things about us on her blog.  Thank you Maggie, it was a delight to meet you at last."

Some of you would have seen the Radio Labs post on Mooso, the music tagging game with a purpose. Now the R&D blog has joined in with a post on Mooso which goes into great detail on the thinking behind Mooso as well as details on how it was built. Well worth checking out.

But of all that, the most exciting news, for some of you at least, may be the fact that:

"R&D is currently in the proces of recruiting graduate or equivalently experienced engineers for our graduate training program.  Details are available on our careers page...we need skills in a wide range of disciplines, and a blend of rigorous analytical capabilities along with innovative creativity.  Engineering is not the only fruit!"

Paul Murphy is the Editor of the Internet blog. The picture is of Internet blog Towers which looks remarkably like the setting for The Thick of It.



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