BBC gets interactive with technology planning

I see the BBC started up an ‘Internet Blog‘ in October, in their words as

A place where we, senior staff from BBC Future Media teams will talk about issues raised by you about the technology behind bbc.co.uk, our mobile services and the BBC’s presence on the internet.

The links on this blog and its del.icio.us stream are chosen by Alan Connor and Nick Reynolds.

I saw that Alan in Belfast has already started lobbying for the ability to embed streaming Flash in other website – that should make Simon Dickson happy.

Interestingly, in chat about access statistics elsewhere on the blog, it looks like Mac use has crept up to around 6% – considerably more than the 3% that is often bandied about; mobile phones (Nokia, SE etc) vastly outnumber Linux users.

Update/postscript

Broader consideration of the issues can be found on these blog entries by David Wilcox who considers the role of the BBC’s Trustees if the audience can interact directly with the editors, and Simon Dickson and Ben Whitnall of delib – who both share their perspectives on what’s gained by the BBC hosting blogs like this.

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About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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3 Responses to BBC gets interactive with technology planning

  1. Not much of a lobbier given the lack of response. Drowned out in on a bad Linux news day perhaps!

  2. Peter says:

    I know! 😦

    I guess once the Flash-streamer is in place, any vaguely techie person would be able to work out the HTML to embed it into their site, but it would be nice to have it officially sanctioned. I liked your idea of being able to control the start- and end-points in a long stream, and that would take some work by the developers.

    Something to revisit I think

  3. Something to feed into the Trust’s bbc.co.uk consultation perhaps … at least it’ll get passed back into the Executive as an idea for their consideration.

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