Developers! Developers! Developers!

One of the really fun parts of working on the Calais Initiative is our community of developers. They toil in quiet and then – surprise! – they release something really cool and interesting. So – I wanted to take just a moment to highlight two new Calais R3.1 applications that popped up this weekend.

iPlayerist by Geography

iPlayerlist is an interesting application that takes shows available via the BBC iPlayer and allows you to find them by topics, times and other attributes. Andy @ mibly.com has just rolled out an enhancement that uses the new Calais geo-location capabilities to find shows based on the locations mentioned in their descriptions. Available here I think it’s a great example of a simple, clean way to improve the user experience using semantic metadata extraction. Unfortunately viewing many of the resulting videos won’t work unless you’re in the U.K. This isn’t iPlayer’s fault – it’s a limitation the BBC has put in place.

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Calais Geo Location Tutorial and Demo App

Guilhem Vellut has put together a nice demonstration app that shows the Calais geo-location features in action. While I really like the application (you can see it here) it’s the blog post he wrote giving the details of exactly how he built the applications – including code samples – that’s really great. By investing the time to document what he did and how he got everything working together he’s provided a great jumpstart for anyone else wanting to experiment with Calais geo-location. Thanks!

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