Entitled the Genome project, the BBC has said that each it its programmes are like "tiny pieces of BBC DNA" that will form a "data spine" once reassembled.
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The digitised content will be available on an online database, which will give the public access, where possible, to old broadcasts, photos, scripts and other materials for missing shows. The hope is that the public will come forward with copies of missing programmes. "Clearly not all the material will exist out there anyway just because lots of the programmes in the early days weren't even recorded - they were just broadcast live ... Part of it is to recover some of the lost programmes but it's really about having a comprehensive history of the BBC and its schedules" said project manager Helen Papadopoulos.
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The database will be initially restricted to BBC staff, but will hopefully be publicly available by the end of 2013. Eventually the BBC archive content may be available via an online shop.