Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts – scheduled maintenance – 16 August 2017

A scheduled maintenance period for the Box of Broadcasts platform is due on Wednesday 16 August 2017 between 09.30 and 15.00. The provider advises that the service may be at risk during these times.

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Box of Broadcasts – ongoing, intermittent service issues

The Box of Broadcasts streaming service has been experiencing ongoing and intermittent service issues over the last few days.

A rescheduled maintenance period for the BoB platform also means that the service will be ‘at risk’ between 08.00 and 10.00am on 22 December 2016.

The service advises as follows:

From around 22.30 on Monday 12 December, the service has been experiencing intermittent outages and issues with some content playback. Content broadcast from around 22.30 on Monday 12 December onwards is still experiencing playback problems, however, system access has now been fully restored. We’re working on fixing playback for these recently broadcast programmes, and will update you when this content is accessible again. The vast majority of archive content remains unaffected and is accessible.

The cause of the disruption has been due to our preparation of a system upgrade and login server maintenance, that was scheduled to take place on 15 December 2016 between 08.00am and 10.00am. This upgrade was due to fix an issue with signing-in and also deliver the new embed code functionality, which has experienced implementation problems.

Due to the problems experienced by users over the last few days, we have rescheduled the server maintenance to 22 December 2016, close to the holiday period, where we hope any disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum. As a result, please consider BoB at risk between 08.00 and 10.00am on 22 December 2016, and let your users know about the scheduled maintenance.

We’d like to apologise for any disruption to teaching over the last few days. Please be assured we are working on a number of resilience measures that will provide far greater system stability going forward.

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Box of Broadcasts: content accessible; login working normally

Following the work by the Box of Broadcasts (BoB) team to recover access to the BoB platform following the recent outage, the technical issue preventing NTU staff and students from logging in to the service has also now been resolved.

Access to BoB is now available (on-campus, and off-campus [within the UK]) by university username and password.

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Box of Broadcasts reporting outages

The Box of Broadcasts (BoB) service is currently experiencing outages, rendering the site at least intermittently inaccessible. BoB’s engineers are aware of, and attempting to resolve, the technical issue. The BoB team report:

The downtime we are experiencing today has been caused by a server failure. Our technical support team are working very hard to rebuild and restore your access.

A further update will follow once normal service is confirmed as resumed.

UPDATE 14 October 2016: The BoB team have repaired the server outage that took the service off-line yesterday; however it was not possible to log in to BoB using an NTU university username and password. BoB’s engineers have now resolved the problem, and login requests to BoB are resolving correctly once again.

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BoB (Box of Broadcasts) platform migration

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Following on from the earlier update, the new BoB (Box of Broadcasts) platform launched at the start of the month, and is now offered as part of the Learning Online service (in turn, part of the BUFVC). Elements of the transition are still being worked on during the month of August, so not all features of the updated service will be available until September.

As work on the migration continues, there are several issues to be aware of:

  • Registration: As a returning user, when you log on to the new BoB platform for the first time, you will be asked to ‘register’ (providing your email address, and your name). When you do so, you will not be creating a duplicate account, but rather providing a means to link your previous account details from the legacy BoB platform. By September, your previous account settings will have been migrated to the new platform. New users can, of course, register on the new BoB platform for the first time in the exact same way
  • Playlists and clips: pre-existing clips and playlists will not be imported into the new BoB platform until September. As a result, any clips or playlists you previously created will not be available in your account until then. During the transition period, it will not be possible to create new clips or playlists.
  • Legacy content: During the migration period, much of the previously-recorded content from the legacy BoB platform will be unavailable to stream. Once the migration has completed, this content will be available on the new platform
  • Embedded content: BoB video content that was previously embedded in third-party web platforms (such as within NOW) will not be available until the ‘legacy’ BoB content has been migrated to the new platform
  • Programme identifiers: no association has been retained between the ‘legacy’ BoB programme identifiers and the new BoB platform programme identifiers. As a result it will not be possible to search for a programme in the new BoB platform by using a ‘legacy’ programme identifier
  • Redirects: Once the ‘legacy’ content has been loaded into the new BoB platform, previous direct deep-links (which are currently resolving to error messages), will auto-redirect to the matching imported content (once the requester has been routed through the ‘Where are you from?’ [WAYF] logon process)
  • WAYFLess URLs: Authentication-aware deep-links that were created for the ‘legacy’ BoB platform (which routed the user straight to the NTU Single Sign on page) will no longer work and will need to be created afresh for the new platform

The Information Resources team are in the process of reviewing all Box of Broadcast links included on current Resource Lists, and will (independent of the new to submit a list for library review) update any and all links to BoB content that require attention. Links in Library OneSearch will also be updated.

Pending the release of this functionality in the new BoB platform, the RD&I team have created a Box of Broadcasts WAYLess URL generator (accessible on and off campus) which will allow academics and librarians (from Nottingham Trent University) to create WAYLess URLs for NTU staff and students for the new BoB platform. Copy-and-paste the BoB programme URL into the box and click on the ‘Create WAYFLess URL’ button to create a new and persistent WAYFLess URL.

Get the latest updates on the progress of the BoB upgrade from @OnDemandBoB.

New BoB (Box of Broadcasts) launches in August-September 2016

A new and improved version of BoB (Box of Broadcasts) launches on 1 August, with a range of new features going live on the platform in September 2016. New features include:

  • A platform working across desktop, iOS and Android devices
  • Media records based on our TRILT metadata, supporting more powerful searching capabilities
  • Better programme coverage and a permanent archive of all broadcast 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

Find Databases: resource review

Find Databases - Library OneSearch

Following a detailed review by the Research Support and Learning and Teaching teams, a number of changes have been made to the list of resources made available through the Find Databases service of Library OneSearch (which will also be reflected, later today, in searches in the ‘All’ search tab of LOS). The changes are detailed below:


New entries have been created for the following resources:

  • Galaxy: Business and Commerce
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
  • IDS Employment Law Brief
  • Nottingham City Council Planning and Building Control web pages


The following resources have been withdrawn from the Find Databases service:

  • Academic Info
  • AHDS Visual Arts
  • biz/ed
  • BUBL Link
  • Census Dissemination Unit
  • Census Interaction Data Services
  • EpistemeLinks
  • ESDS (Economic and Social Data Service)
  • eiNET: Business and Commerce
  • EuroInternet
  • Global Legal Information Network
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) – 18th Century
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) – 19th Century
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) – 20th Century
  • IDS Online
  • Interior Internet
  • International Criminal Law: a selective resource guide
  • Iraqgate: Saddam Hussein, US Policy and the Prelude to the Persian Gulf War, 1980–1994
  • Law on the web
  • Literary Resources on the Net
  • MCEER (Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering)
  • OECD Main Economic Indicators
  • Oxford University Library Catalogue
  • Samples of Anonymised Records from the Census Microdata Unit
  • Stationery Office, The
  • Trade Association Forum
  • Trading Standards Specialist
  • Trend Report 2007
  • Textile Technology Index (EBSCO)
  • US Nuclear Non-Proliferation Policy, 1945–1991
  • Women’s Studies Database
  • WWW Virtual Library: Archnet


The entries for the following resources have been updated. Updates include: amended access URLs, changed help and guidance information, updated subject category assignments and revised descriptions:

  • 10 Downing Street
  • a-n (The Artists Information Company)
  • ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature)
  • Academic Search Complete
  • Acts of the UK Parliament
  • Alexander Street Press (audio-visual collection)
  • American Film Scripts Online (Alexander Street Press)
  • American National Election Studies
  • Art and Architecture Archive (ProQuest)
  • Art Full Text (EBSCO)
  • ASCE Civil Engineering Database
  • BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute)
  • Biosciences Image Bank
  • BoB (Box of Broadcasts)
  • BRAD Insight
  • British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries 1500-1950 (Alexander Street Press)
  • British Education Index (EBSCO)
  • British Film Institute (BFI) InView
  • British Library Catalogue
  • British Library Sounds
  • British Newspapers 1600-1900
  • British Periodicals 1680s-1930s
  • British Progressive Links – the left and more
  • British Standards
  • Business Source Complete (EBSCO)
  • Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
  • Casetrack
  • Census Support: Flow data
  • ChemSpider
  • Child Development and Adolescent Studies
  • Church Measures
  • Cochrane Library
  • CogPrints (Cognitive sciences eprint archive)
  • Constitution Finder
  • Construction and Building Abstracts
  • The Court of Justice of the European Communities and the Court of First Instance (CURIA)
  • CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group)
  • Creative Club
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts
  • Defining Gender, 1450-1910
  • Digimap Ordnance Survey Data Collection
  • Digital National Security Archive
  • Early English Books Online – EEBO
  • eBrary
  • ECCO – Eighteenth Century Collections Online
  • EconLit
  • EconPapers
  • Educational Administration Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • Emerald
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (ProQuest)
  • ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) (EBSCO)
  • Estates Gazette Interactive
  • EUR-Lex
  • Europa
  • European Court of Human Rights Judgments
  • European Research Papers Archive
  • FAME
  • Family Law Online
  • Fedstats
  • Foreign Relations of the United States
  • Gartner
  • GovSpot
  • Halifax House Price Index
  • History and Politics Out Loud (HPOL)
  • House Price Index
  • Hague Conference on Private International Law, The
  • HeinOnline
  • House of Lords Judgments
  • IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences)
  • IOP Journals (IOP)
  • InfoLaw
  • Information Asset Register
  • Institute of Civil Engineers Virtual Library
  • Intellectual Property Office
  • Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, The
  • JISC Historic Books
  • JISC MediaHub
  • John Johnson Collection
  • Keele Guides to Government & Politics on the internet, The
  • Key Note
  • Key Skill: Animal Anatomy and Physiology Collection
  • Land of Lost Content
  • Landmap
  • LawLinks
  • Legal resources in the UK and Ireland
  • LexisLibrary
  • LexisPSL (Professional Support Lawyer)
  • Linguist List, The
  • LION (Literature Online)
  • Live court listings
  • MyiLibrary
  • NBS Educator
  • NBS TV
  • Nexis UK
  • Nottingham Insight
  • OAPEN Library
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Passport GMID
  • Picture Post Historical Archive
  • PILOTS Databases
  • Planning Portal
  • Political resources on the Net
  • PoliticsHome
  • Practical Law
  • Proceedings of the Old Bailey
  • ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses – UK and Ireland (ProQuest)
  • PsycINFO
  • Public Bill Committee Debates
  • The Public Whip
  • PubMed
  • Regional Business News (EBSCO)
  • RIBA Product Selector
  • Royal Town Planning Institute
  • RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) journals
  • SAE Technical Papers
  • Science Classic (AAAS)
  • Scopus (Elsevier)
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Social Care Online
  • Society for Computers and Law: The IT Law Community
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Sociological Tour through Cyberspace, A
  • SocioWeb
  • SourceOECD
  • Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts
  • Supreme Court Applications
  • Supreme Court – Decided Cases
  • The Times Digital Archive
  • Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive
  • Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War
  • TRILT (Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching)
  • UK Government Web Archive
  • UK Parliament
  • uktradeinfo
  • UNESCO Data Centre
  • United Nations Documentation
  • Utilitarianism Resources
  • Vision of Britain through Time
  • Vogue Archive, The
  • Web of Science
  • Westlaw
  • WGSN (Worth Global Style Network)
  • WGSSLINKS: Women and Gender Studies Web Sites
  • World Bank Data and Statistics
  • World Economic Outlook Databases
  • World Population Prospects
  • Zetoc

If you’d like any further information about the specific changes that have been made to any of the resources listed above, please get in touch.