Tim Berners-Lee topped the bill at the Digital Revolution launch Friday. “Digital Revolution” is the working title of an experimental BBC project which is getting the public involved in taking stock of the impact of the web – twenty years after its invention.
It’s an “open source” documentary; comments and contributions are being drawn in via a blog, twitter, YouTube, Flickr. These will feed into the development of a linear TV series for BBC2 in 2010. After filming people will get to see rushes online and input on how the series is shaping up in the edit. It’s a first for the BBC in opening up the documentary process in quite this way and it’s getting some attention and some thoughtful and informed contributions. It’s going to be interesting to see how it develops – how the online contributions play in to the series, and whether this kind of approach yields the stories the production team are looking for.