It's been quiet on some of the technical front over the (british) summer - preferring to be out in the wildness, sun, rain and wind and mud..... but now I for one am back in town - for a bit anyway. so the ongoing work in this 'ere online 'field' deserves a little recounting here.
Finn from Ecobee, plus Peter Chowla, Hadiru Mahdi and I met lately at Bretton Woods Project offices. we noted that
This weekend in rural Wiltshire, west of England, we will be taking forward the Drupal media aggregation tools which have been being developed through the Transmission network with a test case at http://www.ifiwatch.tv ...
This site can now aggregate media feeds from all kinds of video publishing platforms, moderate and display the items, and then generate new media feeds by tag or search for users to take and do what they will with.
IFIwatch.tv and numerous other video sharing web platforms now offer media RSS complete with thumbnail images, link to video etc. However, as it seems to be impossible for most content management systems to meaningfully display, let alone aggregate, this vibrant and often important information.
Please do be in touch ASAP if you can do this work, or know someone who can..
http://www.ifiwatch.tv is broadening focus to include more material on the reforms to the international financial architecture currently being proposed in response to the financial crisis.
In particular we are featuring the upcoming G20 meetings in London - and the popular alternatives, protests and so forth.
Lots of new material coming through, but more new feeds needed - do you know of a good source of info? please suggest it! let's syndicate! and do take our media feeds, from keywords or search if you only want a little from these waves of detailed info...
[http://www.IFIwatch.tv IFIwatch.tv] offers free and easy access to the latest independent videos to shine a light on the problems and practices of development financing institutions worldwide. These are the videos that rarely make it into the mainstream media. Videos that governments and corporations would often rather were not shared....
Critical documentary, protest reports, animations, interviews and more; unheard perspectives gathered from wherever they are published on the net, and transmitted direct to your computer.
Using media RSS, you can now be automatically updated with media in your areas of interest, even making your own online video channel - simply by subscribing to our keyword-based media feeds.
IAP, WITNESS, EarthRights International and Chiang Mai University’s Unit for Social and Environmental Research are excited to convene a Video Advocacy Workshop in Southeast Asia for displacement activists, in September 2008 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This 10-day workshop will bring together a diverse group of community activists, filmmakers and civil society advocates involved in struggles related to forced displacement in Asia. The workshop will equip participants with the tools to produce videos related to development-induced forced displacement and to strategically incorporate them into their advocacy campaigns, using the internationally acclaimed methodology of WITNESS.
ScrewTube exploits your free videomaking to gain ad revenue.
Posting on YT risks surveillance and IP tracking, both by corporations and the state. For example in 2004 Yahoo collaborated with Chinese authorities to identify dissident blogger Shi Tao. He is now serving 10 years in jail. Many sites record your IP address, not just corporate projects.
Posting on YT opens the door to censorship since they will do takedowns at State request or for copyright violations.
Ana and Tom at [http://plugincinema.com/plugin/content/view/214/27/ PlugInCinema] have published an interesting piece about open sourcing video from start to finish..
"You have just spent months working on your latest animated short. Hours and hours of work bent over a computer, pouring out your technical and creative heart, and finally it is finished. It is ready for distribution. Your next step is to put the animation on your website for people to download for free. After that you put the software you used to create it online, along with the production files, script, music and extras such as a documentary about the making of your animation. You provide all of this for free. However, despite giving it all away for nothing, you are also hoping to sell a couple of thousand DVDs...