Why I love the BBC / Web toys

You can now access the BBC’s programme catalogue online. It doesn’t contain listings for all of their radio and television programmes, but it’s as comprehensive as you’re likely to get, and goes back at least as far as the early 1950s. All I need to do now is think of something interesting to do with the data.

I’ve also seen the following web toy (I hesitate before saying “mashup”, because that might provoke a desire to kill in some of you) which combines Google Maps and a NASA land elevation dataset to give a graphical display of what we’re likely to expect if/when sea levels rise due to global warming and collapsing ice sheets. It’s marginally comforting to see that Gark Villa will survive a 5m rise in sea level, even if it is likely to be inundated by a 6m rise.

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