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The Digital Public Space is set to give unprecedented access to the nation's cultural heritage – thanks to a small BBC team

It is nine years until the BBC's centenary in 2022, the date originally set by its former director of archive content, Roly Keating, for digitising the bulk of the vast archives that date back to the birth of the corporation. Given the gargantuan scale of the task – which includes 1m hours of programming, 10m stills, the world's largest sheet music collection and documentation for every programme – many might have given up. Instead, a determined team has been working on an even more ambitious scheme, the Digital Public Space, to open as much of this material as possible to the public.

The Digital Public Space is not a product or a service, but – possibly explaining its low profile – a more esoteric, visionary plan for the nation's shared cultural history. Conceived by »

- Jemima Kiss

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