Archive for October, 2005

Professional tagging

Monday, October 31st, 2005

As if the annotated audio idea wasn't enough, today I got pointed towards details of the BBC's programme catalogue - a 7 million line database - which is being prototyped on a Rails framework. Of interest, of course, is that the database was developed and maintained by professional librarians, so ...

Kenny’s Bookshop

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

23 Kenny's BookshopOriginally uploaded by El Groo.One of the joys of Flickr is that you can create personalised RSS feeds, so that when photos with a certain tag are added you get a notification. I've got a feed for all photos marked 'Galway' which is how I came ...

Annotated audio

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Given my critical approach towards digital audio it's easy for people to characterize me as Luddite in tendancy. I'm not sure if it will help to say that I find this technology to be absolutely fascinating.

New funding mechanism for public interest programming in Ireland

Monday, October 24th, 2005

The BCI has launched its Sound and Vision grant scheme, after getting clearance for the EU under state-aid rules:All genres of programmes dealing with Irish culture, heritage and experience and adult literacy are eligible to apply for funding under the current scheme, including drama, factual and children's programmes. Funding ...

Digitizing radio – a discourse

Friday, October 21st, 2005

Here in Urbana we're in the process of working to get our new radio station, WRFU, on the air. It's a whole lot of work, but thankfully we've got a good group of people working on it. We're also going to get help from people around the country when we ...

18 new community radio stations in UK

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

Good news for community radio in the UK, where 18 new stations have been licensed. The Community Media Association notes that this is the Year of the Volunteer:Diane Reid, Director of the CMA, said: "In the Year of the Volunteer, we celebrate one of the fastest growing areas of volunteering ...

Move to revamp electoral register in Ireland.

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

The Irish Labour Party has launched a new bill - it actually got its first reading today - to totally revamp the manner in which the electoral register is compiled and maintained.Apart from creating an Election Registration Commissioner,the Bill provides for access by registration authorities to information held by third ...

High-school station losing license?

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

More bad news for high-school radio, this time from Maynard, Massachusetts, where WAVM looks set to lose its frequency assignment after a challenge by a Christian broadcasting network. WAVM had undertaken the process of converting from a 10 watt to a 250 watt license - in order to go from ...

TV service for Irish emigrants gets closer, but still not there

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

I've posted previously about RTÉ moves to provide services to Irish emigrants in the UK, and Labour TD Emmet Stagg's efforts in the area. I include his latest statement below.

New civil rights group for Europe

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

The European Civil Liberties Network, or ECLN for short, is a new group founded by organisations like Statewatch and European Race Audit, along with individuals such as Gareth Peirce. Their initial press conference, launching the group, is due to take place in Brussels tomorrow morning. A timely intervention....