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These 8 essays (PDF file), written by digital experts including education guru Stephen Heppel and commentator Bill Thompson, are the product of the BBC’s Knowledge Exchange Programme (KEP), a partnership between the broadcaster’s R+D dept and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I dont know how long this has been around, but its subject matter is relevant and its certainly interesting to read some deep thinking from a multiplatform broadcaster, and is certainly food for thought for the future of TX.

Take the BBC and Sky; currently they both occupy a broadly similar role (of entertainer and informer) in the lives of the audience.. but how will this change in the future? Is the BBC to become more of an enabler? An enabler of two way conversations, UGC, national debate, curatorship as their public service role diversifies from the transmission monologue to a social dialogue – as learning, entertainment and leisure becomes increasingly social and connected? Why shouldnt commercial and subs-funded broadcasters want some of that too (not as a programme support function, but as a real raison d’etre in itself?)

In their words:

‘Welcome to 8, a one-off newspaper from the Knowledge Exchange Programme,
a collaboration between the BBC and the Arts and Humanities
Research Council or, to be more specific, between UK academics and BBC
staff. So why’s it called 8? The simple answer is that the Knowledge Exchange
Programme (KEP) produced eight research studies in total, covering
everything from how the BBC works with user generated content and
how older users use digital services to the development of a 3D online world
designed for children.

Of course, the other reason is that 8 is a rather more intriguing title than
others we could have gone with. You know the sort of thing – Enabling
Knowledge Partnerships in the 21st Century – Key Strategies for Future
Innovation… Nothing wrong with that, of course, but the idea with 8 is to
move away from the standard executive summary.

8 does have some of the stuff you’d expect from a more conventional
publication. There are contact details for all researchers on Page 23
and on Page 11 there’s an official view of KEP’s aims from BBC R&D’s
Rowena Goldman and the AHRC’s Joanna Pollock. On Pages 12-13
you can see a map of the connections built by one of the research
projects. The eight studies themselves are online at the KEP blog
(www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/knowledgeexchange). You can read them
now. Many BBC staff already have and their recommendations are already being implemented.’

More here from Erik Huggers here

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