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Adrian Woolard | 19:00 UK time, Thursday, 28 April 2011

On April 18 2011, I gave a presentation on behalf of BBC R&D at the launch of the W3C UK & Ireland office in Oxford, UK. The presentation is available as a PDF download.

Adrian Woolard presenting at the opening of the W3C office in the UK.  Copyright W3C

Dr Adrian Woolard presenting at the opening of the W3C office in the UK. Copyright W3C

The keynote presentation came from Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Ralph Rivera, Director of BBC Future Media gave a stimulating talk about openness, innovation, internet and the Digital Public Space.


I gave an overview of BBC R&D's activities into creating accessible products and services for the 'new broadcast system', reflecting on our current research approach and the challenges the industry faces in the new broadcasting system.  This included an outline of our long standing contributions to the current state of art technologies in Access Services for Broadcast and also illustrated the future challenges for diversifying audiences.
It was great to be able to showcase some of R&D current projects such as ‘Universal Control API’ (whitepapers 193 and 194 available from the R&D publications site, and source code from Github) which we recently took to the Web meets TV W3C Working Group meeting in Berlin, Alternative Audio (whitepaper 185) and a couple of experimental collaborative subtitle data projects such as Data Art  and Channelography.


The presentation appears well received by the W3C communities and the attendees (and assembled journalists) and I look forward to seeing the our continued work of my colleagues across R&D with the W3C community in the months and years to come.

Thanks to Mike Evans & team and Oliver Thereaux for work on the presentation and support with W3C.


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