Obstacles to sharing at the BBC

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    1. leguape 67 months ago | reply

      Sharing what and with whom?

    2. jem 67 months ago | reply

      sharing licence fee funded feeds, video, research, data, audio, photos, software, news stories, peel sessions, "platforms", space on bbc.co.uk, canteen menus, information, dads army, the "archive"...with licence fee payers, start ups, developers, the "uk media ecosystem", and my dad.

    3. Catfunt 67 months ago | reply

      Rights should be VERY VERY BIG in your picture. Certainly if you want to go backwards in time and share already made stuff. Like the fantastic Master Game, the BBC's chess show from the 1970s.

    4. ivanpope 67 months ago | reply

      Paul, are you going to bring chess into everything for the next six months? If so, I'd like to introduce you to my son ...

    5. Catfunt 67 months ago | reply

      I played my first game for Hackney Chess Club last week and lost so your boy could probably give me a kicking too. Bring him round.

    6. leguape 67 months ago | reply

      In which case Jem, I'd say there's a huge glaring omission from that image then: infrastructure. It's the one factor that can - done properly - remove culture, expectations, regulation and rights from the equation. You remove the issue of infrastructure and they should cease to be obstacles and become simply excuses.

    7. Robert Brook 67 months ago | reply

      ( Lovely handwriting. )

    8. Steve Bowbrick 67 months ago | reply

      Jem, awesome list. I am having it tattooed on my forearm for future reference. leguape, what do you mean by infrastructure? How can infrastructure break sharing bottlenecks? Explain! Paul, everyone whinges about rights round here but maybe what we need to do is to take a dirty great sword to the Gordian knot of rights! Ivan, try to stay on topic. Robert, thanks :->

    9. colintate 67 months ago | reply

      To me it all boils down to identity - the BBC's identity is not connected to sharing, and as such there is resistance. The BBC need to adopt a new way of thinking about themselves that will allow for a sharing culture to grow. (Slightly off-topic, but I'd love to do a similar exercise to the above, but based on what the BBC identity is currently/historically percieved to be and what it means to the stakeholders and the public - and to then build out the 2-year, 5-year, 10-year, 50-year vision of what they see the BBC as being. Hopefully sharing or some form of co-operative future identity will be brought out. Once that is done, tie it with this diagram, and treat each circle as an individual set of obstacles that need to be worked through.)

      Or alternatively - gordian knot the rights model :)

    10. noodlepie 67 months ago | reply

      You have very nice handwriting. My diagrams like this are all over the shop. Is this the original draft or a 'fancy' copy...

      FWIW - the biggest obstacle to BBC openness is the BBC. It struggles and struggles to be open. However, without destroying itself it can't be truly open. is the end nigh? Or am I missing sommingk?

    11. Catfunt 67 months ago | reply

      Answer to Gordian knot of rights is to change the law on archive material.

    12. MildlyDiverting 67 months ago | reply

      That diagram is overshadowed by the legacy of Producer Choice. It's hard to foster a sharing culture when the organisation has been set up to compete with iteself internally.

    13. leguape 67 months ago | reply

      Good infrastructure across a business means anything can be shared without hinderance.

      Take your citation of "culture": the culture of not sharing may exist because the infrastructure makes it difficult to share content across departments. People don't share because the mechanism doesn't exist to allow it. Effectively, there's nothing that says "If you pop this into the system here then everyone can access it" and that's why people don't bother sharing as much as they would like.

      The regulatory infrastructure is unclear - as Nick Reynolds says it's sometimes used as a reason for not doing things - clarify that infrastructure and it's just an excuse.

      Sharing doesn't happen because by the time you've beaten through all the other undergrowth on that diagram people discover that the tools aren't there to allow it.

      As MildlyDiverting says, it's a legacy of internal competition and the old "empires" within the business.

      You're advocating a common platform and the lack of one is the single biggest block to sharing both within and outside of the BBC from where I'm sitting.

    14. alanconnor 67 months ago | reply

      Also Time - needs programme makers etc to commit to logging, geodataing, enabling dis- and re-aggregation etc as part of production process.

    15. LoopZilla 67 months ago | reply

      Errr.... and the Charter?

    16. Steve Bowbrick 67 months ago | reply

      No Gordon, the charter has nothing useful to say about sharing and certainly doesn't prohibit it...

    17. LoopZilla 67 months ago | reply

      Interesting,,,,

    18. rockmother 67 months ago | reply

      Yes - lovely handwriting - I can't comment on infrastructure to be or not to be as I haven't quite taken it all in and need to have another look at it. I think I am best at just making programmes to be honest. Off topic: my son asked if he could join The Chest Club at school. I think he meant chess club! Well one hopes so anyway.

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