I was browsing through my regular blog selection, when I came across this article from the BBC Radio Labs blog. It's all about a new XML feed for audio on demand content that the Beeb have been working on and have now released to the world.
Enter the BBC. Despite their fairly cosy image, good old Auntie has been at the forefront of technological development in the UK. From seeing the potential in the Internet and the importance of websites, to efforts to open up 70 years of archive content to the public, the Beeb stand out as a shining example of a traditional organisation that 'gets it' when it comes to technology and data. That's not to say they don't make mistakes. The abhorrance that is the Kontiki iPlayer client, or the frankly insane decision to close Kingswood Warren both come to mind as major blunders in the technological field, but in general these are outweighed by the good they have done, and the benefits this brings to the UK as a whole.
By making available all sorts of data feeds, the BBC have empowered a whole generation to experiment and tinker with the data, creating mashups that range from traffic maps to weather applets. Our humble contribution to these efforts is the iPlayer Converter, which presents BBC radio schedule data in a format suitable for mobile phones and Internet radios. Extremely useful if your device doesn't support the new Flash-based iPlayer. Do have a play, and if you have any suggestions don't hesitate to post a comment.