The B.B.C. has completed its "effort" to digitise programme listings from old copies of the Radio Times magazine. The B.B.C. Genome project is designed to help the organisation identify "shows" missing from its archive. Most early output was not recorded and many later tapes were destroyed.
It will be used to create an on-line database allowing, where possible, the public access to old broadcasts - or to photo-graphs, scripts and other material for missing shows.
The "project" has involved scanning in the pages of about 4,500 copies of the Radio Times. They date from the first issue in 1923 to 2009. For later dates records generated by the "i-Player" "catch-up" service are used.
Part of "it" is to recover some of the lost programmes but it's really about having a comprehensive history of the B.B.C. and its schedules.
The B.B.C. Genome database will initially be restricted to the Corporation's staff, but the project "team" say if all goes well it could be accessible to the public on-line by the end of 2013.
It will then "feed into" another scheme called Project Barcelona, which plans to offer B.B.C. archive content via an online shop. [Uh-oh!]
The B.B.C. Trust has still to decide whether to allow it to go ahead.
Other broadcasters may be concerned about the disruptive effect that providing so much content online would have on the market.