OK, we know some of you just love to invest in new projects, so here’s an exciting one from the team at PCF:
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and Participatory Culture Foundation — publishers of The Democracy Player — are jointly seeking funding for a new nonprofit project, the Open Media Library. The project will make it easier for students, faculty, staff and the public to access rich video and other academic content from the Berkman Center with a more robust, interactive, and easy-to-manage user interface for the existing Berkman Media Library.
The software will be released with open source standards and made freely available to universities, organizations and individuals. Because the software is open source, any person or organization with Internet access and a computer will be able to freely use the software to create deep, compelling media libraries.
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society was founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. The Berkman Center supports a network of faculty, students, fellows, entrepreneurs, lawyers and virtual architects working to identify and engage with the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace.
Participatory Culture Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization based in Worcester, Mass., is a nonprofit organization focused on creating free and open platforms for watching, sharing and broadcasting video on the Internet. It’s leading product is The Democracy Player, a desktop application for watching and broadcasting Internet television.
The project, and its resulting software tools, could revolutionize the manner in which patrons interact with the Berkman Media Library and libraries of other academic institutions. Video and data from the libraries would be easier to access than ever, allowing students, faculty and the general public unprecedented ease of use. The software would create a superior alternative to existing proprietary technologies, and would also further the Berkman Center’s mission of openness and interconnectivity in technology.
We believe this open software has the potential to be a powerful, yet flexible tool for empowering individuals, organizations and other educational institutions as we move forward in a networked society.
For more information please contact: Barry Cooper, Director of Business Development, Participatory Culture Foundation. barrycoop @ gmail.com