Hi I’m Peter Rippon, Editor of the BBC Online Archive.
We are holding a Connected Studio event in January to explore the best ways to unlock, and allow our audiences to explore, what is often seen as the BBC’s greatest untapped resource, its vast archives. The event will focus specifically on the News archive. It is being held jointly in London and Belfast.
The News archive is a unique video, audio and scripted account of how the BBC has reported the world since 1924. Journalists like me believe we can combine the archive and digital technology to create new and powerful forms of public service storytelling. We can connect the archive to events happening now, and to News being consumed today, in a way that audiences routinely see the world with more knowledge, understanding and sense of their place in it. We can also harness the emotional power of archive to connect with audiences on a much more profound level. It is inherently very social and shareable.
But how do we do it? It is a fascinating technical, UX and creative challenge. We can’t just digitise everything and hope people consume it. We need to do it in a way that allows us to create fantastic experiences and tell compelling stories, with all the surprise, revelation and delight we can.
We have set out the challenge in more detail in an Innovation Brief(PDF). If you think you can help get in touch. Connected Studio is open to a wide variety of Digital agencies, freelancers and Start-ups with a focus on creative or technical and whether you’ve worked with the BBC previously or not doesn’t matter