From today subscribers to the popular BoB National (Box of Broadcasts) TV and radio recording service will now be able to search for and view over a million off-air TV and radio programmes.
Today the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC) and Jisc are pleased to announce that they are greatly increasing the content available on the popular BoB National TV and radio recording service.
This expansion, a result of work with the BBC to broaden access to digital materials for educational use, means that subscribers will now be able to search for and view over one million off-air TV and radio programmes dating from 2007.
Lorraine Estelle, executive director content and discovery Jisc said:
“Jisc exists to expand and improve UK research and education. The growth of BoB creates a wonderful opportunity for researchers to delve deep into a treasure trove of additional BBC TV, film and radio content.
This will enable us to understand more about the history of audiovisual media and provide invaluable opportunities to study the UKs evolving broadcast culture.”
This update of BoB National continues to build on its history of enabling thought-provoking study. Research has ranged from a journalistic assessment of the style of Gulf War reporting to a look at the economic impact of 2008 news reports of the Lehman Bros collapse. BoB National can be used to bring all academic subjects to life for both students and researchers, who can access hundreds of hours of TV and film footage and radio broadcasts.
Tony Ageh, controller, BBC archives and digital public space, said:
"The BBC is working hard to make access to its historically important archives easier and simpler. Educational use of archive material is increasingly important in teaching and research, and our collaboration with BoB is a very effective way to make more off-air recordings available."
Anna Goatman, senior lecturer in marketing University of Manchester and BoB user said:
"The days of being able to stand at the front of a lecture theatre behind a lectern and read something that you prepared years ago are long gone. Using material from BoB National it is possible to quickly engage a roomful of students with up-to-date and relevant content."
All UK higher and further education institutions are eligible to subscribe. So far 150,000 users in the 56 subscribing institutions subscribe to this wealth of content for research and study under the terms of the ERA licence (s).
Other new features are also being made available from today including access to off-air recordings on mobile devices and rolling transcripts. Together with the expanded collection these will ensure that BoB National continues to be a valuable teaching, learning and research resource.
To read more detail about the project, including case studies, visit the Research and Education Space project pages.