The BBC has been running a survey as part of a project aimed at opening up our (sic) democratic institutions. The main focus of the survey has been to rank preferences within 4 Groups:
- Audio & Video
- Personalise your experience
- Interact and participate
- Make the experience portable
It generally seems to be interesting stuff – I particularly like the concept of searchable indexed video archives. It looks like they’re also exploring options around using the BBC as yet another platform for interacting with representatives and petitioning government, which I’m not so sure about.
There was a chance for free comment at the end of the survey. I thought I’d record what I said here:
What other information services would you like to be able to access from these pages?
I would like to be able to add feeds from my favourite blogs or news-sources. Even better I’d like to be able to include feeds (including pictures, audio and video clips) from the BBC sites in my personal home page – currently iGoogle, but it could be yahoo or a blog
Many UK citizens are said to be disengaged from government. Are there any other uses of web technologies that you think the BBC should make in order to try and bridge the gap?
Information on what councils and councilors are doing – there is virtually no coverage of their activities at the moment, and yet local democracy is at the heart of engagement. Central government can (and does) take care of itself.
Creating themed pages – bringing together background brief, links to legislation/white papers and clips of debates on topical issues (eg your embryology example) would be a real service
Any other thoughts?
The BBC needs to be careful to not be seen as driving the debate or campaigns – that’s why I am against the idea of using the BBC website to contact an MP or petition government
Don’t try to make yet another portal site – you should be making your material available for use in our own way – via blogs or personal home pages. Make use of (and publicise/support) existing forums for interaction, such as WriteToThem – don’t reinvent the wheel or duplicate what is already successful.
…I’ll post an update if I hear anything back