From:   nat <nat@stealthisemail.com>
Sent time:   Wednesday, November 02, 2011 8:56:37 AM
To:   globalrevolutionmedia@googlegroups.com
Subject:   Re: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] Fw: server/budget
 

I have been thinking a lot about the server situation and what to do

with the huge amounts of video that we are generating out of this

movement.

 

As far as hosting, there is the standing offer of free hosting for any

occupy project from Mayfirst/ People Link (which I'm part

of). Whatever we choose to do, that is an option that should be

considered if we are discussing options like Dreamhost.

 

More generally, I've been thinking the real archive should be left

with archivists; in this case archive.org. There are a number of

really good reasons to go with the Internet Archive (IA):

 * They've been around and functioning since the 1990s.

 * They encourage people to upload the highest quality video that they

   have and the archive will convert it to other video formats.

 * They know how to handle petabytes of data.

 * They encourage distribution under Creative Commons Licenses.

 

Those that have used archive.org, may agree that the site is a bit

hard to use and navigate. This is why I think we should build our own

front end to the IA, as a way of occupy participants to search and

submit audio and video content. There are projects that do this sort

of thing, notably ourmedia.org which uses archive.org as its storage

back end.

 

I have been informally discussing this idea with techs at other

occupations in Seattle, Boston, as well as folks local to New

York. The idea is to have a single point of entry for everything from

raw footage (that can be watched or reused), to completed pieces.

 

There hasn't been any work on this yet, though Seattle may already be

experimenting with it. I just wanted to throw it out on the list as an

option, and get some response on what media folks think.

 

I like this idea because it provides the chance to collaborate with

the Internet group, the FLO group as well as a joint project between

media makers and techs at all of the occupations.

 

So what say you?

 

~~nat

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