They promised us a revlolution (scroll down), and it seems they've started: The BBC today launched BBC Backstage and is dragging blog format, content syndication, wiki's, and del.icio.us further into the mainstream.
They promised us a revolution after the election
More feeds and fewer restrictions seems to be their current direction.
"Build what you want using BBC content
backstage.bbc.co.uk is the BBC's new developer network, providing content feeds for anyone to build with. Alternatively, share your ideas on new ways to use BBC content. This is your BBC. We want to help you play.
backstage.bbc.co.uk is currently in beta as we add new feeds and APIs and develop the service further over the coming weeks and months. Join the email discussion list to tell us how we could improve the service and converse with others about BBC Backstage."
From the FAQs:
11.Why is there only a selection of BBC content on backstage.bbc.co.uk?
We only include content that we have permission to use. Much of the content within the BBC has rights issues that preclude it being available on backstage.bbc.co.uk at this time. The debate for a more open non-commercial rights framework is being conducted within the BBC and in the wider industry - backstage.bbc.co.uk will be watching and listening to this debate with interest. That said we do also have a wealth of content we will be making available over the coming weeks and months - this covers a location API and a 'best links' search API. Backstage.bbc.co.uk is constantly growing, so check back often, join the mailing list and subscribe to the news RSS feed to receive updates.