Does anyone know of a site to find an image of humorist A.E.T. Henry?
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>>> Hugh Chignell <[log in to unmask]> 02/19/09 10:05 AM >>>
Thanks for your reply to my slightly frustrated inquiry about Infax and the fact that academic researchers do not have use of it. I appreciate your help and I don't want to stir things up too much but I wasn't entirely convinced by your argument.
If the BBC's position is that Infax cannot be put online because this would constitute a broadcast then why is it available online to commercial researchers?
If you visit the BBC Motion Gallery on the BBC website it states
"As a registered user you'll enjoy total access to our full suite of features including;
Search the BBC Archive"
So online access to Infax is available for commercial users but not for academic researchers! If I was 'Hugh Chignell Films' I could look at Infax from my desk here in Bournemouth, but if I am 'Dr Hugh Chignell' trying to write a history of BBC radio current affairs, I can't.
This is not actually about copyright or compliance, it's about money.
Dr Hugh Chignell
Associate Professor of Broadcasting History,
Bournemouth Media School
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From: The History of the BBC [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Anthony McNicholas
Sent: 12 January 2009 11:59
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Subject: [BBC-HISTORY] BBC public catalogue
As promised, I have enquired about the status of the public version of INFAX,
the BBC's internal sound and vision catalogue. As you will know, an
experimental version of this was put up in order for us to test it, to iron out
glitches. It immediately highlighted serious data protection concerns and had
to be taken down.
It is still the BBC's intention to put a version back up on line. There are at
present 3 different approaches to this: one the BBC's own, which is
progressing, but slowly; the BFI union catalogue project, funded by the DCMS
which the BBC may become involved in - this path would mean some form of
the BBC catalogue would be accessible this way, through the BFI; the
Europeana project which is a huge Europe wide scheme which the BBC is again
discussing participation in.
Whichever is the eventual method of getting the catalogue back up there are
technical issues to be solved. these are not insurmountable and just depend
on the money and people hours available. The more serious and time-
consuming problems are with the nature of the material itself. The catalogue
which was created over a long period of time and for internal purposes
contained a lot of information which could cause difficulties as a public
document. An online catalogue would legally be a broadcast or a publication
and would therefore need to meet current standards on compliance, editorial
policy etc. It would have to satisfy Ofcom. Most of the material was created
at a time when no one had heard of such things.
In short, I am told it will be back. I will keep you informed.
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