iPlayer mSpace: The power of custom Columns

by jl2 on October 3rd, 2009

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One of the reasons for the second iteration of the mSpace client was to make it easier to provide custom column visualisations for specific data sets. Whereas in v1.0 we were content with just textual lists, in 2.0 we wanted to be able to offer a richer more tailored UI experience where suitable.

To illustrate the power of custom columns we have recently worked to put the BBC iPlayer metadata into an mSpace. For this dataset we have produced two custom columns, a DatePicker and a graphical Channel selection.

DatePicker ChannelPicker

The inclusion of these more bespoke graphical elements increases utility when browsing but also produces a more compelling experience for the user. The addition of more visual elements reduces the “fear factor” associated with long lists of text and encourages a larger number of users to interact in a more natural way

We have made the mSpace iPlayer available as a beta here:


As with all Web2.0 betas, this is a work in progress so if you find any bugs or have any suggestions please feel free to leave a comment!

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