BBC Datasets Exploratory Workshops

Venue: Atlas Rooms, Kilburn Building

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Workshop 1: Monday 15th July, 2.30 - 4.30pm

Workshop 2: Wednesday 17th July, 11.30am - 1.30pm

Digital Futures and the Cathie Marsh Institute (CMI) will run a set of follow-up workshops on accessing BBC Datasets on July 15th (2.30-4.30pm) and July 17th (11.30am-1.30pm) in the Atlas rooms, Kilburn Building. The workshops will be led by George Wright (Head of BBC Internet Research Services) and will focus on several new datasets (including iPlayer usage, news content and reactions datasets) that can be made available to UoM researchers. There will also be opportunities for those unable to attend the earlier workshop to come along and discuss the full range of sources available. Both workshops will cover the same information, so you only need to sign up for one, i.e. either 15th OR 17th

A list of the new datasets is provided below. A full list of those discussed in Workshop 1 are here at the Digital Futures website.

Anonymised iPlayer Usage Dataset: Data for TV/radio usage on iPlayer, including streaming performance data (rDOT); website and iPlayer click/play data; website comments; BBC ID info, and app data.

Tagged News Dataset: Dataset is made up of 500,000 news and sport articles with topic tags (selected by journalists) for easy searching.

News Reactions DatasetThis dataset comprises 20,000 news and sport articles posted on Facebook by the BBC along with user reaction data in the form of emoticon counts.

If you are interested in accessing the datasets or want further information on any of them please email George directly by 5th July at – he will try to arrange access in time for the workshop. Some are more flexible in use than others. Please feel free to send him any questions you have in advance. If you want to attend the workshop but do not have a specific dataset in mind, please register your interest with