Category Archives: Merlin

QotD 12/9/2010 - Where will local station branding appear on PBS.org?

If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.  Where will local station branding appear on PBS.org?   Once users are... Read More »

Merlin On-boarding Survey

If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org. How do I sign my station up to become a part of... Read More »

QotD 12/07/2010 - Where does localized content surface on PBS.org?

If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.  Where does localized content surface on PBS.org?   Once users are localized,... Read More »

Keyword Research (SEO)-- What is it? Why do it?

Written By Melanie Phung, New Media Director Search engine optimization (SEO) is about attracting more visitors to your site by making your content easy to find. Part of that process is making sure you're using the right words to describe... Read More »

QotD 12/3/10 - How is station content displayed in topic page content modules?

  If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.   How is station content displayed in topic page content modules?... Read More »

QotD 12/02/2010 - How is content organized on the topic pages?

  If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.   How is content organized on topic pages? For the most... Read More »

QotD 11/29/2010 - Will stations need to monitor COVE video objects to make sure they display correctly in Merlin?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org. Will stations need to monitor COVE video objects to make sure they... Read More »

QotD 11/22/2010 - Does Merlin accept games, maps or other interactive items?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org. Does Merlin accept games, maps or other interactive items? Yes. You can create... Read More »

QotD 11/18/2010 - What are content lists?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org. What are content lists? Within the Admin Tool, lists function as a... Read More »

QotD 11/17/2010 - Is it possible to control how and when content appears in Merlin?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org. Is it possible to control how and when content appears within Merlin?... Read More »

QotD 11/15/2010 - What are tags in Merlin?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org. What are tags in Merlin? Tags function as keywords that are related... Read More »

QotD 11/16/2010 - How should tags be formatted in Merlin feeds?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org. How should tags be formatted in Merlin feeds? Tags can be separated... Read More »

QotD 11/11/2010 - Do Video objects have to be published via Cove Pro?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org. Do video objects have to be published via Cove Pro? No, stations... Read More »

Ten Things to Know About Merlin

For the last two years, PBS has been hard at work building a powerful new platform to distribute local and national PBS content across the Internet. The cutting-edge initiative, codenamed Project Merlin, has been designed to ensure that PBS.org and other... Read More »

QotD 11/10/2010 - How often is Merlin updated with new content from Cove Pro?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.  How often is Merlin updated with new content from Cove Pro? Merlin... Read More »

QotD 11/9/2010 - What are content channels?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.  What are content channels? In short, a content channel is defined as... Read More »

QotD 11/08/2010 - What are featured content modules?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.What are featured content modules? Located below the featured videos module on PBS.org,... Read More »

QotD 11/04/2010 - What is the Dynamic Lead (DL)?

If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.What is the Dynamic Lead (DL)? The DL, or Dynamic Lead, is the... Read More »

QotD 11/02/2010 - How are video objects different from web objects?

If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.How are video objects different from web objects? Since PBS is focused on... Read More »

QotD 11/01/2010 - What is the Facebook widget and how will it work?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.What is the Facebook widget and how will it work? PBS is utilizing... Read More »

QotD 10/28/2010 - How will social media be integrated into Merlin and the new PBS.org?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.How will social media be integrated into Merlin and the new PBS.org? Social... Read More »

QotD 10/27/2010 - What do I do if my station's link in Merlin is not working?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.What do I do if my station's link in Merlin is not working?... Read More »

QotD 10/26/2010 - What are featured content modules?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.What are featured content modules and how does station content display in the... Read More »

QotD 10/25/2010 - What is the "What's On Banner" and how does it work?

If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org. What is the 'What's On Banner' and how does it work? The... Read More »

QotD 10/21/2010 - Where can stations find additional documentation about Merlin?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org. Where can stations find additional documentation about Merlin and the PBS.org redesign?The... Read More »

QotD 10/22/2010 - What features is PBS planning to add to Merlin in the near future?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.What features is PBS planning to add to Merlin in the near future?PBS... Read More »

QotD 10/20/2010 - What can stations do to help promote the launch of Merlin and the new PBS.org?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.What can stations do to help promote the launch of Merlin and the... Read More »

QotD 10/18/2010 - Where will Merlin be used?

If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.Where will Merlin be used?The Merlin database includes an API that can be... Read More »

QotD 12/13/2010 - What is the Merlin Taxonomy System?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.Question of the DayWhat is the Merlin taxonomy system? The Merlin taxonomy system... Read More »

QotD 10/15/2010 - What is Merlin?

Starting today, we'll be posting a Merlin related question and answer daily.  If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.What... Read More »

COVE: Merlin's New Magic Hat

Over the past few years, high-definition video content has taken American television and the Internet by storm. One recent study revealed that over 60% of American homes have already made the jump to HD television sets and 75% are expected... Read More »

Merlin RSS Feeds: Really Simple Syndication for PBS Stations

Earlier this year, the SPI team explained the basics of RSS feeds and XML terminology.  It's no surprise - RSS technology has been leaving a widespread mark on the Internet since about 2005.  Feeds provide an easy way for readers... Read More »

Merlin 101: Where are we now?

Nearly two months ago, thirteen valiant PBS member stations embarked upon a journey that would carry them to the cutting edge of the Internet frontier.  These brave public media warriors had been selected to participate in a pilot program for... Read More »

Keys to the Merlin Kingdom: PBS Login Accounts Explained

Once upon a time in ye olde days of Camelot, King Arthur and Merlin would meet with their trusted Knights of the Round Table to plan the progress of their glorious kingdom. This summer, the SPI team at PBS has... Read More »

Project Merlin, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Content Channels

Last week, thirteen PBS stations from across the country kicked off the Merlin Pilot program.  So far, stations participating in the pilot have seen a demo of the Merlin Admin tool and discussed the ways they will need to begin... Read More »

An Introduction to Project Merlin: Preparing Your Station Content for the New PBS.org

Here at PBS, the sizzling heat of summer has ushered in a surge of news and updates about Project Merlin.  Soon, you may be hearing the famous Arthurian wizard's name tossed around more than ever - but is your station... Read More »

Merlin Update: Pilot Announcement & Summer Timeline

The PBS Interactive team is continuing to work its magic on Project Merlin this week with the launch of its first pilot test program.  To ensure geographical diversity during the test, thirteen pilot stations have been selected from across the... Read More »

Getting to Know... Thomas Kennedy

1. What do you do at PBS Interactive?As an intern at PBS Station Products & Innovation, I'll be spending my summer working on Project Merlin, COVE, and the Station Remote Control website.  I'll also be helping out with webinars and... Read More »

RSS: It Really is Simple

You may have heard about RSS feeds lately - what with Merlin coming and all. But if you aren't too familiar with the acronym, which translates to "Really Simple Syndication." We are here to helpIn a nutshell, RSS is an... Read More »