Softwire’s work with the BBC on The Listening Project
4 May 2012, by Chris Harris
Softwire recently worked with the BBC on an audio recording archive to run alongside The Listening Project.
The Listening Project is an ambitious, large-scale BBC initiative, in partnership with the British Library. It’s based on an American initiative called StoryCorps, and its mission is to preserve, in an audio format, the stories and experiences of as many UK citizens as possible. As well as making these stories easily available online, they will be broadcasting a selection on Radio 4 and a number of regional radio stations.
The BBC wanted to make it as easy as possible for people to get involved, and so as well as touring the country with a mobile studio, they commissioned an easy-to-use site which would enable listeners to upload their stories. We were very proud to be selected, alongside our design partners Picture, to develop a site to deliver both the archive and the upload requirements.
There were a number of really interesting challenges in this project, such as how do we cater for large file uploads in a live environment optimised for content delivery, and how do we make sure our work is re-usable for the BBC’s future audio upload requirements? You can read more about these challenges in the case study.
We’ve now worked with the BBC on a number of interesting projects, and it’s always a pleasure. And there’s nothing like the pressure of working on a website whose launch is being advertised on national television!