Archive for the 'Open Content' Category

National Film Board of Canada puts 50 classic shorts online

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Via “The National Film Board of Canada has put 50 of their brilliant animated short films on line for free viewing. The collection spans 60 years and includes Norman Mclaren’s groundbreaking experimental films from the 1950s and some of the most hilarious cartoons ever created (personal favorite, Richard Condie’s The Big Snit). The collection [...]

Andy Oram on the Problem with Webcasting

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

Andy Oram has an article up on on the O’Reilly site about the potential effects of the webcasting treaty. There’s a new restriction on content waiting in the wings–a “webcaster’s right” that allows websites to control the dissemination of content they put up. With this new privilege, they’ll be able to prevent retransmission even if [...]

BBC Open News Archive

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

The team at the BBC continues to offer new approaches to making their holdings more accessible. As the latest announcement says, “For the first time in its history BBC News is opening its archives to the UK public for a trial period. You can download nearly 80 news reports covering iconic events of the past [...]

Rumored Numbers at the BBC Archive

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

I just heard some rumors about revenues, holdings, and employment at the BBC archive that would be interesting to verify; these are second hand, but perhaps they will provoke a correction. Here goes: The BBC currently holds 120,000 hours of programming. Of this, 7,000 hours is catalogued thoroughly enough to be easy to sell, and [...]

Highly Recommended: Open Access News

Friday, December 9th, 2005

Peter Suber’s Open Access News is fast becoming one of my favorite sources of information. The focus tends to be on print and scholarly journals, but it covers the whole spectrum of open access issues, and draws from an amazingly diverse set of sources. I suspect the amazing variety of new approaches to open access [...]

Ourmedia and MIC and IMAP?

Friday, June 24th, 2005 announced that it is planning to build a registry of media files, and that it has partnered with Odeo, Buzznet, Brightcove, and Open Media Network to do this. The lack of a union catalog or central repository means that it is a lot harder to find footage than it ought to be; it would [...]

Independent World Television – more citizen media

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Independent World Television wants to build a viewer supported global independent news network (“If half a million people in the entire world contribute just $50, IWTnews will secure the $25 million it needs to fund its first year of broadcasting, in 2007.”) They’ve assembled an impressive list of supporters (from Charles Benton to Gore Vidal), [...]

Peter Kaufman’s Talk at the Creative Archive

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

For some good thinking about the role of archives in the production of documentaries, and how open production initiatives might do for moving images what open source has done for software, check out my friend Peter Kaufman’s talk at the BBC Creative Archive. This is the future of (high quality) television.

Open Media, with DRM?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

The newly-announced Open Media Network bills itself as the future of public tv and radio, and looks something like OurMedia – producers can upload content and have it hosted for free. A system that uses the Internet for distribution and allows creative workers to be compensated for their sound and moving image productions could be [...]

UbuWeb, a Cool Archive with an Orphan Works Policy

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

Cinema Minima is pointing to UbuWeb, an archive of high end avant-garde arts and culture sound and video recordings maintained by volunteers that has been going since 1996. Their index of artists is quite impressive. Haven’t had time to watch much yet, but their approach to orphan works really caught my eye: “If it’s out [...]

Online Video and the Future of Broadcasting