BBC to launch political webcasting service : Democracy Live

May 11, 2009
Motorway sign on M6 7/7/2005. Copyright David Wulff
Motorway sign on M6 7/7/2005. Copyright David Wulff

The above photograph was taken on July 7th 2005, the day when the London tube bombings took place. On this date the BBC received a thousand stills and videos, 3,000 texts and 20,000 e-mails. According to the director of BBC News, Helen Boaden, this was the day that news gathering in Britain changed forever – ‘it introduced citizen journalism on an unprecedented scale fuelled by the use of mobile camera and video phones’.

In response to the growth in this new kind of  journalism the BBC is to launch a political webcasting platform in the autumn known as ‘Democracy Live’ . The site will offer ‘live and on-demand video from all the main UK institutions and the European Parliament’. Users will be able to search the site for video footage of officials and the topics that are of interest to them.
They will be then be able to follow the contributions of elected representatives in the various parliaments and find out more about their backgrounds.
As well as providing an important resource for current affairs, the site will also include information on the workings of the institutions of the UK government and their powers .
The aim is to make ‘Democracy Live’ a resource that is to be shared with its users who will be able download video and text content and place it on their own blogs and sites.

Euro 2008

June 12, 2008

Now that Euro 2008 has started, without any of the UK’s teams, there are loads of websites out there with information about the tournament.  The key one is naturally UEFA’s official Euro 2008 website, which has live video, replays, and all the latest news for fans.  The BBC has its own site, which also includes a blog and commentary from its presenters and journalists, as does ITV.  However, if you don’t like football or want to look beyond the match results and inevitable hype, there is a lot more to the event than what happens on the pitch, as you can see from the research that has been done on Euro 2004.

A search on the database SPORTdiscus for ‘Euro 2004’ finds 143 results with subjects including biography, strategy, statistics, reporters and reporting, management and interviews.  There are abstracts of articles about ‘Euro 2004 and football fashion’, ‘The importance of events in tourism:impacts of the UEFA-Euro 2004 on the accommodation industry in Algarve, Portugal’ and ‘An evaluation of the sponsorship of Euro 2004’.  A similar search on Communications Abstracts discovered two very different articles.  One looking at Greek nationalism and international recognition in Euro 2004 and another examining representations of Portugal and England in Euro 2004 newspaper coverage.

So, if you are not a sports fan, don’t forget that Euro 2008 is about a lot more than football, and if you do enjoy the game, make the most of the next few weeks!


IBSS – Easier to use

March 6, 2008

The International Bibliography for Social Sciences (IBSS) has a new, enhanced search screen to make searching for journal articles, books and book chapters easier and more intuitive.  In the previous version, you had to include linking words, such as AND, to connect ideas but now it is more like Google and the Library catalogue and will link them automatically.  New features also include a thesaurus, which can help you to locate different keywords for similar topics, plus alerting tools, such as emailed table of contents alerts and RSS feeds.

If you haven’t ever used IBSS before and are doing a Social Science, Politics or Economics topic, it would be well worth trying it out.  It contains details of journal articles held by the top university libraries for Social Sciences in Europe, as well as books and book chapter records.  It includes details of journals, books and book chapters from 1951 onwards. Since the autumn of last year, it has also started to include book summaries to give even more detail about the contents of potentially useful material.  To link across from IBSS to Loughborough University Library’s print and electronic holdings, don’t forget to click on the SFX link in every record. 

If you want to have a look at IBSS, find it within Metalib.  You will need your Athens username and password to connect to IBSS from off-campus.

Lots to try!

February 13, 2008

The Library has instigated a number of database trials for the next few weeks.  So now is your chance to try out Oxford Reference Online, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online; the Complete Cambridge Companions Online and a number of Social Science online encyclopaedias via Gale Virtual Reference (International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, Encyclopedia of Race and Racism and Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender). 

To access the Oxford and Cambridge trials, use the links above or go to the Trials category on Metalib and let us know your views.  The Cambridge trial lasts until the 28th February and the Oxford ones until 8th March.  You will need to be on-campus to view these.  To access the Gale trial go to: 
and select the new titles from the Advanced Search’s ‘Publication Title’ option .  If you are accessing Gale off-campus, you will need your Athens username and password.  The Gale trial lasts until 11th March.

Please let us know your views via the ‘Comments’ .  And, thinking of a previous post, could any of them replace Wikipedia for you?