Two years after the problematic Fabric database launched, new training tools and a series of fixes are aiming to make researchers’ lives easier. Feedback from users, however, remains mixed.
This summer, BBC Archives’ head of media management Maggie Lydon announced a ‘relaunch’ of the Fabric archive database – the only part of the BBC’s controversially abandoned DMI project to go live.
In a blog, Lydon explained that small ‘incremental’ changes already rolled out would now be supported by simpler, more user-friendly online training materials.
‘The improvements that we have made have been very much in consultation with the business,’ she said, ‘to ensure that we prioritise changes that will have the most benefits to production.’
When Tony Hall announced the scrapping of the £98.4m DMI project last May, Fabric users voiced their frustrations that the system’s shortcomings were hampering their work.