Friday, January 06, 2006

BBC News - Open Source History

BBC News - Open Source History. There are now free history clips online from the BBC!

The site notes, "We're pleased to present links to nearly 80 pieces of video and audio covering iconic news stories and events of the last 50 years. You might feel that some important stories have been left out. If so, it is likely to be because the BBC doesn't have the rights to release the item."

Some clips include:

1966 World Cup Final
Aftermath of Rajiv Gandhi’s murder
Crossing points forced in Berlin Wall
Ethiopian drought causes famine
Fans gather for Elvis' funeral

What does Open Source mean? It allows users (like teachers) to reuse the content without permission. As long as the material is used for non-commercial purposes and proper credit is given, this is free content to work with.

I think this is a great idea and I hope the BBC puts up even more clips in the future.

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