Community Media

This group is a space for both developers and staff working at/with Community Media Centers and Public Access TV Stations to discuss the implementation of Drupal and CiviCRM based systems. This project has a long, complicated history, but several key contributors have been contributing to this project since 2006.

The "CMDrupal" project focuses on all major components of the operational workflow of a Community Media Center and involves Drupal module development and custom configuration in several distinct but overlapping areas:

  • integration with CiviCRM for membership management and training class enrollment
  • a project based system for resource reservations linked to user training certifications
  • ingestion of video content and metadata integrated with local playback servers

The Community Media Starter Kits distributions provide the structure for the project. The starter kits are available in Easy (ESK), Moderate (MSK), and Difficult (DSK) versions. The starter kits are Drupal distributions that include most modules, libraries, and themes needed to build a community media related site, but are not designed as one size fits all solution. Even the Community Media Starter Kit (Easy) typically requires several hours of configuration and customization to meet the needs of an organization. The DSK is

If you are interested in getting involved in CMDrupal, please read our Commitment to Contribute. Unlike an open source project like Firefox that may actually benefit from just using the browser, this project requires users to eventually become contributors at some level to be successful.

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Report on Austin CM Drupal Camp - May 31 & June 1

Seven people including staff from 4 community media stations and 2 developers met in Austin at channelAustin on May 31 & June 1 for a Community Media Drupal Camp. Those present were:

Stefan Wray (stefanwray) of channelAustin
Aric Ruble (avguy) of Portland Community Media
Craig Sinclair (synchlayer) of Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Nick Ring (bagelche) of Amherst Community Media
Steven Brewer (limako) of Amherst Community Media
Kevin Reynen (kreynen) of A Little Help Hosting
Mark Libkuman (libkuman) of Open Flows

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CMDrupal Site Admin / Site User Survey

Please fill out the following survey by May 30
http://cmdrupal.org/content/cm-drupal-self-assessment

Hey all.

The Community Media Drupal Summit in Austin is fast approaching this weekend. (http://cmdrupal.org/content/community-media-drupal-austin-may-31-june-1)

For sites using the CMDrupal modules that may NOT be in attendance at this summit - this survey can help communicate some of our needs and issues to the core group that will be in Austin.

Please take a few minutes and fill it out. Forward to anyone who I missed. It could really help the roadmap for the future.

Thank you!

Jason

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Drupal Module Development Workshop | Isovera | Waltham, MA

Start: 
2014-05-29 09:30 - 2014-05-30 17:00 UTC
Event type: 
Training (free or commercial)

Hey there everyone,

I wanted to put out a message saying we're taking last calls for seats in our Drupal Module Development workshop taking place next week.

This workshop is a two-day event, and takes place at our Waltham, MA offices. The course will run from 9:30AM to 5:00PM on May 29 and 30.

As always, please feel free to ask me any questions by emailing me at ashenette@isovera.com. Additional information can be found at https://isovera.com/event/training/drupal-module-development-5.

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Community Media Drupal in Austin May 31 & June 1

channelAustin, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Portland Community Media, and Amherst Media staff and developers supporting these community media centers from A Little Help Hosting and Openflows will meet on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 at channelAustin's facility located at 1143 Northwestern Avenue, Austin, TX 78702 for a two day Community Media Drupal Camp / Sprint preceding DrupalCon Austin 2014.

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Non Sandbox Version of MNN Modules

Hi all,

So a while back i released all the modules developed for MNN to use the Difficult Starter Kit. Unfortunately, I couldn't easily get trusted status on Drupal so I was not able to make the modules not be sandboxes.

Luckily, Eric Goldhagen, a fellow co-owner at Openflows, has the correct permissions, so we just readded all of the projects under his ownership and they are now full on Drupal projects.

So here they are, as before, they'd need a lot of work to work for somebody other than MNN but I would love to do what i can to make that happen if people have interest.

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How MNN is using Mantis to sort out what internal issues need to be posted publicly

Kreynen asked me to organize some notes on how MNN is using Mantis (Free Software/Open Source issue tracking tool) to sort/tag issues from their internal CM-drupal based projects that should be posted publicly on issue queues at drupal.org -- as well as step by step instructions for how to set this up in mantis.

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Community Media TV Schedules

Part 2 of the 2 part series from RETN integrating cm_airing and tv schedules display has been released at https://drupal.org/project/cm_tv_schedules. The first part/screencast can be found at https://groups.drupal.org/node/411178.

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Designing a Public Facing Reservation Form

RETN is planning to open Reservations to our public users later this year and is interested in integrating equipment inventory images into the public-facing Reservation form. Have any other Community Media Centers out there using Reservations looked into this?

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Overview of CMDrupal CiviCon "Sprint"

Any time several staff and developers contributing to CMDrupal are going to be in the same place, it's a great time to get some work done. Last week's CiviCon in Berkeley, CA was no exception.

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Cloudcast feeds now support limits

For those of you using an automated Cloudcast importer to assign VOD links to your shows (using media_cloudcast module), you may have experienced timeout issues or not gotten to the feed import confirmation if your feed has grown to an unmanageable size.

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Drupal Module Development Workshop | Isovera | Waltham, MA

Event type: 
Training (free or commercial)

Hey there everyone,

I would like to let you know that Isovera will be hosting our Drupal Module Development workshop on May 29th and 30th. The workshop will be held from 9:30am until 5:00pm on both days.

By the end of the training you will be able to:
- Understand Drupal's hook system and development architecture
- Learn about the construction of 90% of Drupal modules
- Know how to develop simple to complex modules
- Know how to insert and extract data using Drupal's core database abstraction layer
- Be able to responsibly modify contributed modules using patches

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Feedback on Abstract for CMDrupal: Due 4/25

I know this group contains people fairly new to the CMDrupal project and people invested in it for years. And in any capacity I can, I want to keep this an open and growing group.

Since this is a public, transparent and shared place for feedback and discussion surrounding the project it is important I post this here. I've been on vacation and should have posted this earlier, but I would welcome opportunity for feedback.

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Join us for Drupal 7 in a Day! | April 25th, 2014 | Isovera | Waltham, MA

Start: 
2014-04-25 09:30 - 17:00 UTC
Event type: 
Training (free or commercial)

Hey there,

Please join Isovera for our Drupal 7 in a Day workshop! We'll be holding this training event on April 25th from 9:30am until 5:00pm.

Due to the nature of this course, it tends to be one of our most popular, so please make sure to register sooner than later if you'd like to reserve a seat.

If you're registering more than one person from your organization, please let me know, as we do offer group discounts. As always, please feel free to email me at ashenette@isovera.com for any questions you may have.

Register here: https://isovera.com/event/training/drupal-7-day-5

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Sandbox Modules From MNN

Apologies for all for the great delay in publishing these modules but better late than never!

So these are the custom modules that were developed in the upgrade of MNN's internal application Access Center. The upgrade integrated the Community Media Difficult Starter Kit (DSK) in really exciting ways.

In order to launch the site (which happened in October of 2013) and complete all the reporting requirements (which happened end of January 2014) we unfortunately did not keep up with the most recent DSK updates so these modules may not play well with the most recent DSK.

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Setting Up CM Airing with Telvue

The below screencast is the first part in a two-part series on getting your website to display tv schedules like retn.org and mnn.org. This first screencast shows you how to configure CM Airing with a Telvue feed for your tv schedules, and additionally how to connect those airings to shows and projects.

You should note that this also exists in the form of written documentation at: https://drupal.org/node/1851710

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Example: Moderating content with a simple field, views, and rules

It's often the case that a CMC would want to track progress of new shows and other content posted on their site by producers or other users. For instance, if a user submits a new show they are hoping your station will help produce, you may want to have that show added to a "review" queue where staff can review the show and then choose to approve or decline it. In addition, you may want those changes to be tracked as revisions in your system.

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Google Investing in CiviCRM This Summer - Could be More than $100,000!

I'm very excited to announce that CiviCRM has been accepted as a mentoring organization by Google's Summer of Code (GSoC) program this year. This could result in Google investing as more than $100,000 in CiviCRM this summer.

I've participated in the GSoC program as mentor for 2 Drupal projects (Creative Commons and Media Derivatives API). Jason Daniels (ECAT) got a taste of what the college program will be like when he helped with the high school Google Code In early this year.

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To Be or Not To Be: Difficult Starter Kit

I started this thread as an issue in the Difficult Starter Kit
https://drupal.org/node/2195735

But some of you may not be following that closely so I've posted a link to it here.

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Project: Creating an interactive communications platform based on video

Hello!

My name is Christian Andersson and I'm working on a media project for Öppna Kanalen Växjö (ÖKV) - Translated: The Open Channel Växjö - in Sweden. I'm an experienced developer and engineer but completely new to Drupal (this is my first project working with it). As such I made several mistakes along the way but always learning from them :) I have to say Drupal deserve the reputation of being powerful but having a steep learning curve...

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Thoughts on Community Media 2014

Over the past few weeks as 2013 wound down and a new year spun up, I was feeling compelled to open up a conversation about the Community Media Drupal / CiviCRM kits.

I'm curious to hear about how organizations and individuals are faring with this solution for managing community media organizations and their video content. And I would like to know every instance of an organization using this software. I really hope that the adoption of these Starterkits has grown.

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