What have you been up to this summer?
In other adventure coding news, there are new versions of the WordPress plugin, the Drupal plugin, the PHP SDK, and pretty much every other part of the PMP ecosystem. Because if you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward! (We don’t condone standing still, here at the PMP).
What was on your to-do list that didn’t get done?
Ryan: A big focus for the PMP and our partners in year two is going to be documentation! Not just developer documentation, but yes… that includes developer documentation. I’d like to see a flood of tutorials, screenshares, poetry, and adapted screenplays on PMP tools and tricks—how to feature content on your website, how to curate and present a topic/theme, how to distribute your content via the PMP, and how to automate it all so you can just lean back in your Herman Miller Aeron Chair and watch the content flow.
In your opinion, why should stations sign up for keys to the PMP? What can they expect?
Ryan: What? You’re not signed up yet? You know that it’s currently free for public/nonprofit media organizations, right?
Here’s my pitch: The PMP is a one-of-a-kind collaboration across public media. It’s the only place you can find content from all of our founding partners. And it’s a great way to reach a larger audience with your station’s content. Just go check out the support searcher to get an idea of what’s available.
Note: that support searcher has access to ALL content in the PMP, regardless of permissions. Your station’s user may not have access to quite that much content. But… (see next section)…
License to brag: If you had to brag about one PMP-related thing from the last couple of months, what would it be?
Ryan: The PMP has now introduced “preview” permissions!
This is an idea that we (and our partners) have been mulling over for a while. Rather than PMP stories being either “full content” or “no content,” there’s now a middle ground that allows you to “preview” the story. Generally this means you get the title + teaser + thumbnail for a story, but not the full HTML content, and maybe not all of the media assets associated with the story. But it allows us to offer stations some level of data for programs they may not have broadcast rights for.
I’ll be working on documentation in the next weeks, and getting most PMP content “preview-able.” So check back soon!
What’s next on your to do list?
Ryan: As the summer winds down, I’m starting to dive into the maw of PMP development-priority-madness. There’s some interest around geolocation and contributed metadata, baked-in analytics, extended WordPress features, and general data quality enhancements. It’s hard to put those in order, but luckily I own a lot of 20 sided dice.
Also, the PMP will be at the This American Life Audio Hackathon in September. And we’re bringing your audio with us!