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Tuesday, 4th February 2014

Memorandum on the BBC’s Digital Media Initiative

Source: National Audit Office (UK)

From Press Release:

The BBC was too optimistic about its ability to implement the Digital Media Initiative (DMI) and achieve the benefits, according to a report today from the National Audit Office for the BBC Trust.

The BBC’s aim had been to create a fully integrated digital production and archiving system to help staff to develop, create, share and manage video and audio content and programming on their desktops. In May 2013, the BBC cancelled the programme after concluding that most of the £125.9 million it had spent had been wasted. Today’s NAO report concludes that problems with getting the system to work contributed to a growing gap between technology development and what users expected. The executive did not have a sufficient grip of the programme and did not appear to appreciate the extent of the problems until a late stage.

+ Direct link to Memorandum (PDF; 510 KB)

+ Executive Summary (PDF; 87 KB)

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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