Category Archives: Thinking Out Loud

On serendipity

One of our more recent NoTube demos was inspired by an XKCD cartoon which prompted us to ask: can we make a large video collection interesting enough so that people keep browsing rather than give up? As we’ve said before, … Continue reading

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Take the user perspective, and talk about what we learn

At IBC people kept asking: what’s your product? Now we don’t have a NoTube product – nor should we have – this is a pre-market project – but the common follow-up question ‘what is your goal’ is a very reasonable … Continue reading

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Using cartoon-strip style sketches to convey our ideas in NoTube

The BBC’s role in NoTube is as one of three ‘Use Case’ partners – we come up with ideas and prototypes which drive the technology choices and services created in the other parts of the project. The theme of the … Continue reading

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The future will be watching not reading

Following our EU project review in May, the most recent NoTube project meeting last month was a good time to reflect a little on what we’ve done so far and what we should do next, especially given the speed with … Continue reading

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How can we best measure how good people think our recommendations are?

Recently a friend was describing how her friend had persuaded her to watch a DVD that she thought she’d absolutely hate, but ended up loving. The DVD was the 2004 BBC TV series ‘Blackpool’ (described as “part musical, part thriller, … Continue reading

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Designing a touch-screen TV remote control on a smartphone

Our first demo for “Internet TV in the Social Web” includes an iPhone app that works as both a TV remote control and a ‘companion device’ for viewing programme recommendations and programme guides, managing programme playlists, and reading background information … Continue reading

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Brokering EPG & enrichment services

Libby’s post already mentioned some of the current activities in NoTube related to EPG metadata, particularly EPG harvesting, enrichment and filtering. While the Semantic Web Services (SWS) broker, one of the central components in NoTube, aims at brokering distributed services, … Continue reading

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In praise of swimlane diagrams

As an Information Architect (IA) I often make diagrams of various kinds – usually user flow diagrams, sitemaps and wireframes. However, I’d never made use of swimlane diagrams until the most recent NoTube project meeting. Commonly used for diagramming business … Continue reading

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Writing scripts for teasing out requirements

The Problem We were looking for ways to bring out the full implications of our ideas for scenarios to check that they were implementable and work out how we would implement them. This is a very common problem, and we … Continue reading

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Would you like to know more? [*]

I’m a representative of the BBC as one of the ‘Usecase’ partners in NoTube, and it’s my responsibility to draft a document describing one of the prototypes we want to make, combining components created by all the workpackages. We will … Continue reading

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