BBC signs Memorandum of Understanding with open internet organisations

The BBC today signed four Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) supporting free and open internet technologies with the Open Data Institute, the Open Knowledge Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation and the Europeana Foundation.

These agreements will enable closer collaboration between the BBC and each of the four organisations on a range of mutual interests, including the release of structured open data and the use of open standards in web development. One aim of this agreement is to give clear technical standards and models to organisations who want to work with the BBC and give those using the internet a deeper understanding of the technologies involved. The MoUs also bring together several existing areas of research and provide a framework to explore future opportunities.

Through this and other initiatives, the BBC aims to be a catalyst for open innovation by publishing clear technical standards, models, expertise and, where feasible, data. This approach encourages greater collaboration with the wider industry and the development of new technologies and digital services that can bring additional benefits to audiences.

The BBC has been publishing linked open data for some time, most notably as part of the /programmes service where machine-readable information about the programme schedule is made available online, or the successful Olympics Data Service, which underpinned 10,490 athlete pages on the BBC sport website during the 2012 Olympics.

James Purnell, BBC Director of Strategy and Digital, says: "The BBC has been at the forefront of technological innovation around broadcasting and online for many years delivering the benefits of new technologies to licence fee payers, offering new services and products to audiences around the world, and creating public value in the digital economy. We have worked closely with many other organisations to promote open data, open standards and the open internet, and we plan to build on these MOUs to find new ways to engage audiences and deliver the BBC's aspirations online."

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