Welcome to OpenPBS

Here you will find information about the projects and tools created by the development team at PBS Digital, which is the division of PBS responsible for the technologies that run pbs.org and the video portal, the underlying infrastructure for most of the PBS producer sites, APIs, and open applications.

On this site you will find:

  • A blog that covers our activities and how we use new technologies
  • Links to source code that we maintain and use
  • A forum for PBS Digital stakeholders to collaborate and ask questions about how to use our products and tools

Latest Posts

Mar
15

Pycon 2013 - This Old Video Site: How PBS streams video - and you can too!

Posted by Edgar Roman

Learn how PBS uses python and other services to provide video streaming online, as well as recommendations for others to easily adopt similar practices and host their own video site.

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Aug
15

pycaption: PBS's open-source caption converter

Posted by Joe Norton

Closed captioning is a hot topic for video producers. To better align with PBS's mission statement and comply with new legal requirements, we present the newest offering for the open-source community: pycaption.

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Aug
05

Localization Webinar

Posted by Thomas Crenshaw

Learn about the data import process, sources used, the new algorithm, and API exploration and testing tools.

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Jun
12

Using Python to access Amazon Simple Workflow (SWF)

Posted by Edgar Roman

I started experimenting using Python and boto to start communicating with Amazon Web Services' new Simple Workflow (SWF). So I wanted to share some of the examples.

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Apr
20

2012 AWS Summit

Posted by Jon Brendsel

I had the unique opportunity to share the stage with Dr. Werner Vogels, CTO for Amazon, at yesterday's AWS Summit held in NYC.

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Feb
22

Going Batty

Posted by Matthew Mullen

On October 27, 2011 the PBS KIDS GO! team launched the gesture-based game GOING BATTY for the hit children's television series Wild Kratts.

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Jan
28

Playing with Amazon's new CloudSearch service

Posted by Jon Brendsel

With a bit of downtime at the hotel in NYC, I decided to see how far I could get prototyping a new COVE API search based on the new Amazon CloudSearch service. The results were pretty amazing.

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Jan
28

PBS on AWS -- Testimonial by Jon Brendsel

Posted by Jon Brendsel

Jon Brendsel sits down with Amazon Web Services and discusses PBS' user of the Amazon Cloud to power the terabytes of video that is delivered each month.

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Jan
28

Cloudsearch for Merlin

Posted by Jon Brendsel

Now that we have COVE indexed in cloudsearch, I decided to try my hand with the Merlin API to see. Adapting the code for the COVE project made pretty short work of the Merlin API. It took about 4 hours of work.

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Jan
28

An Overview of Performance Monitoring at PBS

Posted by Jon Brendsel

At PBS we use a number of different tools and approaches to proactive monitor the state, performance and uptime of our various audience facing applications and services.

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