BBC R&D

Posted by Ant Miller on , last updated

This is a little more introverted than most posts on this blog- rather than considering the future of alternative television or radio platforms, the time has come to consider the platform that this blog itself is hosted on. Since November 2009 when Matthew Postgate wrote the first post on this platform we have produced an average of 10 posts per month, and three years down the road we think this a great archive of three years in the life of a very busy department. We've had dozens of videos, attended and reported back on events, run a weeknotes diary and generally tried to share with you as much as we possibly can of the work we get up to in this team.

For all of those three years we have been sitting on a version of Movable Type that the great team behind all our BBC Blog shoehorned into the wider BBC webarchitecture. No one would pretend it was an easy fit, and to this day the role of blog host includes a good deal of counselling for the new authors trying to get to grips with it's perculiarities. The "modules" system baffles me. Now though the rest of the BBC's infrastructure has moved on- it's a far more resillient and productive system. Scalable, flexible and capable of hosting a huge range of functional pages, the system now really struggles to accommodate our clunky old MT set up. So, end of November, MT gets turned off.

These posts will remain, as will your comments (though new comments on old posts won't be possible, and we won't be able to edit posts). No new posts in MT will be possible. So, the question facing us is what we use as a CMS to handle the blogging commincation we want to share with you. We've a range of options, and rest assured that we'll try something interesting (we are R&D after all!).

The question facing YOU though is rather different. What we want to ask you for is what have you found most interesting over the last three years? What post most amazed you, or baffled you? What post do you wish we could follow up on? What did you think was bizarre and what do you think we should be doing, but never heard about? Post comments bellow and let us know how you felt this last 36 months of discussion and dialogue has gone, and we'll use that to help us figure out how we do it from December onwards.

I can promise only one thing- we'll stay interesting!