is a virtual community
for people interested in science
. It enables users to upload videos and categorize them according to subject matter and intended audience.
science.tv was founded by Matt Thurling, a digital media
pioneer and film-maker based in Bristol
. Research and development work began in 2005 and the site was launched in December 2007 . Thurling writes the science.tv blog
, where he sets out the vision for the site and invites feedback and suggestions for improvements .
The .tv ("dot-tv") extension is a Top-level domain
name, originally associated with the Polynesian island nation of Tuvalu
. The entire domain was purchased from the islands' residents in 2000 and the suffix is now increasingly being used for sites featuring, or relating to, video content .
A look at the source code
of science.tv reveals a front-end
built with Cascading Style Sheets
. Video is delivered using the Adobe Flash codec
. The back-end
relies on a PHP
interface to a mySQL content management system
The focus of science.tv is user-generated content
, and much of the content on the site is actually embedded from other video sites, including YouTube
. The intended audience is broad, ranging from school students to academics and professional programme-makers .
Users are able to navigate for content via site-wide search, tags and by preset categories, which include: physics