Is openness at the BBC just boring? I’ve been asking people (random people) for the last couple of weeks:
- Should the BBC be more open?
- Should the BBC share its assets with other companies and with the general public?
- Should the BBC link to stuff created by outsiders?
- Should the BBC provide tools and support for people creating their own stuff?
I usually have to explain all four of those questions in some detail. Almost universally, the response has been something like: “Er… don’t know… Why are you asking?”. I’m thinking of doing something slightly more formal, probably amounting to hanging around in Shepherd’s Bush with a microphone, to see if I can beef up my data here. Maybe openness and the whole Common Platform agenda is such a huge yawn for everybody other than a handful of geeks and PS nerds that we really shouldn’t bother…
Pic by Jakob Tischler.