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These are weekly notes from the Internet Research & Future Services team in BBC R&D where we share what we do. We work in the open, using technology and design to make new things on the internet. You can follow us on Twitter at @bbcirfs.


The week marked a milestone for Yves and the RDF Working Group, with the Publication of RDF 1.1 on Tuesday, almost exactly 10 years after the publication of RDF 2004. The group published 8 recommendations and 4 notes, including the new RDF Primer which contains diagram work from our own Andrew Wood.


Thomas and Anthony spent the week in Salford, working to bootstrap a TAL application in partnership with Lancaster University. The TAL team has been very helpful which helped them to get very quickly to conclusive and working results. Anthony is attempting to add Chromecast support to this application.

They reused a Node.js component previously developed for a VistaTV second screen prototype, packaged it and released that on Github.


Libby, Andrew N and Chris Newell have been busy preparing for the forthcoming ViSTA-TV user trials. This has involved integrating the ViSTA-TV recommender system and updating our Infinite Trailers prototype described in this earlier blog post.


This week Michael B and Sean have been finalising the draft specification for the EBU Cross Platform Authentication protocol they’ve been working on. Sean will be chairing a meeting of the CPA project in Brussels on Monday and he’s hoping to sort out the final wrinkles in the spec.


The latest version of our JavaScript waveform visualiser Peaks.js has been released. Features new to this release include the ability to embed multiple waveforms on a single page.

Little Bits

Plenty of fun was had on Thursday Lunchtime as Jasmine from North Lab brought down a set of littleBits, electronic modules that snap together with magnets. One of the our many adhoc creations grace the top of this very page.

Libby Bot

After a long day of managing projects such as MediaScape and ViSTA-TV, Libby likes nothing more than to work on little robotic versions of herself. Below is a photo of (from left to right): Libby2, an iPhone with “libby” written on the back in Lego and Libby herself.