The research and education space (RES)
Connecting the UK’s publicly held archives to inspire new ways of learning in the digital age
4 years and 2 months
Ended 31 Mar 2017100%
We are working in partnership with Learning on Screen and the BBC to make it easier for teachers, students and academics to access material held in the public collections of broadcasters, museums, libraries, galleries and publishers.
About the project
The research and education space (RES) comprises an open platform, built by the BBC which organises and indexes documents, data, images, TV and radio programmes and other rich descriptive resources from public sector institutions in the UK and beyond.
How it works
- Search for information specific to your needs on products powered by RES
- Find reliably sourced information about related resources eg, a search on William Shakespeare will only generate information on the playwright and his works
- Resources contain detailed information about their origin, availability, and licensing
- Resources may be freely available, licensed for institutional use, or require membership of specific licensing schemes such as the Educational Recording Agency (ERA)
- Developers and companies can develop products for use in the UK’s educational establishments.
The new platform has a major benefit over other search engines as it provides greater confidence in using assets that do not breach copyright.
What we're working on
We implemented the RES project over three phases - the project is now in its final phase.
We're working with collection holders to increase the range of catalogues and assets integrated in the new platform. We're also communicating opportunities to develop educational products powered by the platform to VLE’s, companies and developers.
What we have already achieved
In the first phase of the project we provided Learning on Screen with project funding to greatly enhance the Box of Broadcasts (BoB) service for ERA licence holders, while the BBC made an extensive collection of off-air recordings available to the service.
BoB National users now have access to:
- BBC TV and radio programmes, dating from 2007, resulting in over two million programmes available through BoB
- Approximately 8,000 hours of digitised programmes from ITV, Channel 4 and Five
- 10 additional foreign language channels, bringing the total number of channels available through BoB to more than 60.
In the final final phase of the project, and to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, over 500 Shakespeare-related TV and radio programmes from the BBC archive are now accessible via Learning on Screen’s BoB service.
The technologies and standards developed as part of the project will be published openly. We are also exploring ways of maintaining the core aggregation and indexing services.
We anticipate that RES will contribute towards establishing a wider digital public space in the cultural, heritage, and education sectors.
This project ran until spring 2017