5 Responses to “Ladies and Gentleman, this is the BBC”

  1. [...] (check it out here, it contains some beautiful visualizations). Rattle’s Director James Boardwell wrote on his blog this week that the company wants to build a similar semantic guide for radio [...]

  2. Dan W says:

    Lovely project.

    I find your archiving of the dashboard through screenshots uploaded to flickr interesting. What was the thinking behind that?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/53798618@N03/

  3. Hello DanW – well, we used Flickr as a bit of a hack to be honest. We wanted a way to interrogate the data in Channelography but the budget wouldn’t stretch to that. We’d been experimenting with flickr quite a bit at that time – mainly as a way to gain feedback on UI projects from a closed group – and thought that it could work as an archive. So we wrote a simple script to take a screengrab and post it to flickr. It had three benefits: we could manage access; comments and stats were built in; and finally, the images and Channelography would be out in the world, embedded in the web each and every day of its life. The drawbacks are obviously that it’s not a particularly elegant way to solve the problem, but hey, it works. It reminds me a bit of the Paul Auster short “Smoke” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114478/ in which the lead character takes a photo of the exterior of his shop every at the same time, and this is emblematic of the moral of the story which is to focus on the little things that change, because they’re more important than the big stuff. 

  4. Dan W says:

    Thanks.

    I’ve been wondering recently how best to archive websites & apps besides storing the code & data. Trying to archive the experience rather than the ability to recreate the software. 

    Your flickr screenshot approach seems perfect for a daily changing dashboard.

  5. was this brilliant project a victim of a sudden shutdown? Many of the references on the BBC blog or an excellent article in GigaOm have been removed and everything is in the past tense. Have the plans to do something similar for radio really been shelved? I can think of many European public broadcasters who need this kind of data in their reporting to government.