We are are busy making a 2-volume ebook alongside the Earth in Vision team. The ebook form is an ideal home both for our interactive multimedia storytelling and for showcasing broadcasts from the BBC archives.
We are assembling the ebook in the spirit of a museum. In this way, each specific items of archive material is foregrounded, like artefacts or objects, in a range of galleries. This allows the artefacts to provide a lead for the developing historical narrative, understanding and analysis.
In Volume I we are writing three new environmental histories with broadcasting written into the script, using BBC digital and paper archives, and images and interviews with programme makers. These illustrate the potential of DBAs (here the BBC archives) for telling new histories, and will look at different aspects of the BBC’s place and role as itself a maker of environmental histories. Volume I is divided into three ebook stories. In turn, these examine: the iconic role of Sir David Attenborough in BBC environmental programming; the ways in which BBC programming produces and reproduces ideas of British landscape; and the BBCs role in shaping our global environmental imagination, particularly around issues such as pollution, population and climate change.
Volume II is dedicated to collecting together the data we have gathered around building DBAs that meet user’s needs, and the kinds of ‘behind the scenes’ contextualising metadata that might exceed those expectations. In this volume we will also present some of the creative opportunities DBAs offer, showing for example what secondary school teachers made of a climate change voiceover exercise, and the mash-up videos made by a class of secondary school students who were given access to some cleared programmes from our sample archive. Linking to a website, archive content and exercise resources will be available to download for use and re-use.