The BBC’s 15 web principles

The BBC's 15 web principles. A couple of these rules are a little BBC specific, but all-in-all this is a great guide to building and developing websites. If asked, I'd add that you should spend as much time developing and refining your content as you do designing and building the site.

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4IP – Channel 4’s £50 million new media fund

John Gisby, Channel 4's head of new media, reveals more about their £50 million new media fund - 4IP. What he says about the challenges 'old media' faces from 'new media' makes a great deal of sense, however, there's a lot of emphasis placed on the public service aspects of the fund (and therefore any venture it backs) which makes me wonder whether it's just part of a broader initiative to ensure Channel 4 retain their public service remit and funding, something that was seriously questioned in the wake of the Celebrity Big Brother racism row. Is this just a tactic to fulfil their pu...

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The Weekly Top 5 Websites: June 6, 2008

There follows an arbitrary and partial list of the five things I most enjoyed on the Internet this week. It is neither voted for, crowdsourced, comprehensive nor exhaustive. I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. 1. Please Vote for Me (trailer) Chinese school children elect a class president. And not a tank in sight. Part 1 2 3 4 5 2. Is that Jackson Pollock? No, it’s penguin shit. Nathan Myhrvold talks about what he does. Clifford Stoll talks about what he doesn’t do. From the ever excellent Ted Talks. 3. Ten mind blowing animations Some of these animations are a bit rough and rea...

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April’s video traffic figures

Compete's analysis of video traffic for April shows that Google (including both YouTube and the homegrown Google video) saw traffic jump 2.4 per cent over the month, giving them 50.4% of all video viewing sessions on the web. This is an incredible figure and makes the $1.5 billion in stock Google paid for YouTube, which was seen by many pundits as too much, look like the deal of the century.

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The importance of editorial content on the web

I've often felt that editorial content on the web is the poor cousin of both design and coding. Pepi Ronalds feels the same and writes about it in this recent A List Apart article where she makes several excellent points, which can be summarized as follows: think about editorial content right at the beginning of the project, hire an appropriately trained editor or writer for the job (Pepi explains more about this), if at all possible don't leave it to the client, and certainly don't leave it until the end of the project. In this companion piece from a couple of weeks back,...

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Try out open source content management systems online

You can trial a whole range of open source content management systems, from Joomla and Drupal to bulletin boards and e-commerce "solutions", over at opensourcecms.com (scroll down to the CMS demo menu on the left nav bar). Some admin features are disabled in certain systems, however most let you do most things, and it certainly beats the pain of downloading and then installing something only to find that it doesn't suit your needs.

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Five great curatorial sites

Who curates the curators? I'm not clever enough to translate that into Latin, but never mind, the answer is, in this case, me. Because today we're looking at my five favourite curatorial sites on the web. What is a curatorial website? In truth, I think the definition is quite loose, but curators find, keep and order cultural material, so I guess that curatorial sites are, by extension, where this kind of thing goes on. Anyway, enough blah, here are my five favourite curatorial sites. 1. Smashing Telly This is what BBC Two and Channel Four should be. No washed up comedians learning how to...

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