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Box of Broadcasts August upgrade

By Jessica Gramp, on 3 August 2016

Box of Broadcasts TV

UCL staff and students have access to audio and video content from free-to-air TV and radio channels through UCL’s Box of Broadcasts subscription. Staff can also make clips and embed this media into their Moodle courses without worrying about infringing copyright. And unlike YouTube, the clip will remain indefinitely.

On 1 August 2016 the new Box of Broadcasts (BoB) went live with a fresh look, enhanced video quality and more powerful searching capabilities. The search now returns ordered results in a much easier to follow format.

From September, BoB will deliver a whole host of improvements:

  • A platform working across desktop, iOS and Android devices.
  • More powerful searching capabilities (using TRILT metadata).
  • Better programme coverage and a permanent archive of content from nine channels:
    • BBC1 London.
    • BBC2 .
    • BBC4.
    • ITV London.
    • Channel 4.
    • More4.
    • Channel 5.
    • BBC Radio 4.
    • BBC Radio 4 Extra.
  • Better thumbnail previews on search results.
  • Preview clips before saving.
  • Label your own clips.
  • Personalised email alerts when programmes are ready to view.
  • More detailed citation data.

Limited content and functionality during upgrade period

Throughout August some of BoB archive content and some functionality won’t be available during the upgrade period.

On 1 August you won’t be able to access your saved clips and playlists, but don’t worry these will be accessible again in September. Also, you may not be able to access some archive content broadcast before 1 July 2016. There will be some programmes in the archive available before this date but not everything.  The archive content and enhanced functionality will be restored in September, along with all the exciting new features. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the upgrade period.

Find out more

You can now find Box of Broadcasts on their new Twitter handle @OnDemandBoB. All followers and previous tweets will stay attached to the new handle, so if you’re following us you don’t need to do anything. Just make sure you tag @OnDemandBoB in your BoB tweets, as the old handle will no longer be active.
To promote the BoB upgrade to staff and students here’s a short video highlighting all the exciting improvements.

Check out the new Box of Broadcasts

The new link to BoB is learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand.

However, bobnational.net  will redirect here so you can still use that.

Creative Commons on YouTube

By Jessica Gramp, on 13 October 2014

YouTubeYouTube uses the Creative Commons BY (CC BY) license. The CC BY License allows:

  • adaptations of your work to be shared; and
  • commercial uses of your work

“By marking your original video with a Creative Commons licence, you are granting the entire YouTube community the right to reuse and edit that video.”


Is your account in good standing?
In order to mark videos you upload to YouTube with a Creative Commons license your account needs to be in good standing. Check your account is in good standing by logging in to YouTube and going to: https://www.youtube.com/features. Under Account status check it says “Good standing”.

Introducing Chris Holland – UCL’s Copyright Support Officer

By ucylcjh, on 28 March 2014

Chris HollandI’m Chris Holland, the new Copyright Support Officer at UCL. New because I have only been in post for a couple of weeks, but also new in the sense that this is a new post in the UCL Library Teaching & Learning Support Section (TLSS).

I will be very happy to help with any questions about the copyright aspects of reusing  other people’s work or the rights of UCL authors in their own original work.  My expectation is that the area of E-Learning will give rise to some challenging copyright issues and I am looking forward to providing assistance.

I am based on the 4th floor of the Science Library and report to Hazel Ingrey.  The main focus of my role is firstly to deliver guidance and support on copyright issues to UCL researchers, teachers and support services. Secondly I will develop and deliver a communication plan to promote awareness of copyright issues to all relevant communities within UCL. This will also involve delivering targeted training on aspects of copyright.

Should you have any queries about copyright (anything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask!) or if you just want to introduce yourself, please do contact me. The easiest way of doing so is to email copyright@ucl.ac.uk. For general information on copyright please visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/copyright/