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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Using YouTube for web TV

Howdy,

When YouTube allowed for uploading of content longer than 15 minutes we decided to migrate our web TV content to YouTube. It's cheaper (free actually) than storing the flv/h264/WebM files on your own server (or Amazon S3 as we used to) and YouTube does the conversion.

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Small Steps for Small Station with OMP Install

As part of the effort to refine the useful documentation for non-developers I am trying to expand kreynen's 12 step program for an OMP install. I was tempted to post this as a wiki - but it is very rough, incomplete working path at a public access TV station that just has two staff. For those who have gone through the process or my be farther along - please feel free to comment and provide any feedback. What's missing - really help us break it down. We're moving slow and steady here. - Jason

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Open Media Project documentation & Screencasts

Spurred by discussions at Drupal Camp Western Mass, where more stations wish to join the OMP, and following on from this post: Capturing Help Requests & Questions For Better Documentation it's time to do some more documentation updating.

If you know how to do any of these things, please either make a screencast and add it to openmedia.blip.tv (I can gave you the login info) or add it to the newly organized documentation on Drupal.org, like this Open Media Airing.

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Displaying files from tightrope VOD server on drupal site

I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact that displaying content directly embedded on our site from our tightrope VOD is not going to look very elegant.

With that said, I'm having problems getting it done at all. If I stream the file directly to quicktime using the URL it seems to work, but whenever I embed a windows media player on my website it gets a 404 error.

So my question is, does anyone have any decent solutions for displaying WMV files from their tightrope VOD server directly on their web site? It is one of the last hurdles we are having with our site.

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Best practices for optimizing Drupal on lower memory configurations

I've been having some occasional trouble where my site slows to a crawl.

Does anyone have any best practices for optimizing Drupal on lower memory configurations.

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Support Drupal & Community Media @ National Conference for Media Reform

Dear Drupalistas

My session is one of the finalists for FreePress.net's National Conference for Media Reform in Boston, but I need YOUR vote to help it make the final list.

The conference will focus on media reform, media policy and media activism, and will be an important opportunity to promote Drupal the Open Media Project, Open Source and Community Media to the many local and national attendees.

Please vote here: Open Sourcing Community Media - http://agenda.freepress.net/?i=63

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OMP and CiviCRM

I've aggregated content related to the Open Media Project and CiviCRM from several sources (GDO, openmediaproject.org, blip.tv, DOM) and compiled it in list form here. This content deals with integrating CiviCRM and MERCI, establishing CiviEvents for classes, as well importing Facil data. My reason for doing this is because I completed importing data into MERCI, and am looking to re-import user data and focus attention on the CiviCRM side of things. I started looked at all these resources independently and realized it be good if they were all on one page.

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Documenting channelAustin's MERCI Implementation

Documenting channelAustin's MERCI Implementation

NOTE: There has been ongoing debate as to the best location to post documentation (or even raw documentation as this is), and while www.openmediaproject.org was provisionally agreed upon as the best landing place for this, I feel that GDO OMP may be more accessible and definitely has a wider audience.

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OMP and Drupal 7

Is anyone in the OMP thinking about Drupal 7?

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Is there some overlap between Curriculum Mapping and Open Media Project's management of controlled metadata vocabularies?

As a part of the Curriculum and Training Group, we have a work group exploring possible solutions for mapping Drupal production roles / job functions to competencies and to learning content. The objective may ultimately be to build a new module that will allow for the easy collection of topics and sub-topics across all curriculum and learning content, as well as a mechanism for managing and distributing such records. (Curriculum and Training Group: http://groups.drupal.org/curriculum-and-training)

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Vote for Public Media Related Sessions at SXSW

I'm trying to put my outrage at Andy Carvin's SXSW session proposal to good use. Can you imagine going to Boston to talk about Putting the Public Back in Public Media and not inviting someone from WGBH to participate? Why does Andy think it's okay to go to the city with one of the oldest access stations serving the public NPR and PBS have been ignoring all these year and not ask someone from channelAustin to participate in a discussion like that? In addition to the Open Media session Stefan and I proposed, there are several public access related sessions that you should vote for...

channelAustin Open Media Project: Giving Community Control of Television
VCAM - Shooting Noobs: Teaching Video to the Video Illiterate
BAVC - Sexy Dirty Data: Making Your Metrics Matter
BAVC - Virtually Augmented 3.0 Reality: New Tools for Filmmakers

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How-to set up PBCore & Genres for OMP

After a lengthy discussion about metadata in 2009 (see here for one instance) kreynen created a new PBCore module to allow those using the Open Media Project to base their genres on PBCore – PBS’s internationally used genre list of 228 terms – which kreynen details nicely here .

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Open Media Federation?

Now that the Open Media Foundation has completed, or is about to complete, its obligations for the Knight Foundation grant to develop the Open Media Project, and now that we are at the same level on the playing field, with no one entity carrying any more weight, or responsibility, than any other, perhaps it is time that we, as co-equals, embrace a federation model, or some other egalitarian approach, for the creation of an association of developers, implementers, and end-users of the Open Media tools, with a guiding principal of openness and transparency in all communication and deliberations.

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Best MERCI approach for Resources like Studios?

This is a discussion about what is the best approach in MERCI for dealing with Resources that comprise a number of additional Resources, Buckets, and/or Accessories, such as a Studio.

The Open Media Project Handbook section on MERCI defines 3 types of equipment available for checkout:

Resource - Individual items that are unique. Example: Studio A vs. Studio B

Bucket - Items that are identical or so similar that users don't care which one they get. Example: DV Cameras

Accessories - Items that you don't track other than to ensure that if someone takes one or more with other equipment, it is returned. Examples: Batteries, lens cap, usb cable.

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Submit PBCore 2 requests before June 30

June 30 is the deadline for submitting requests or recommendations for PBCore 2.

Here is the request form: http://pbcore.org/2.0/?page_id=304

I recommended the following as additional genre vocabularies for purposes of describing music.

Alternative
Blues
Children's
Classical
Country
Eclectic
Electronica
Experimental
Folk
International
Jazz
Latin
R&B and Soul
Rap and Hip Hop
Religious
Rock

This was based on looking at the common denominator for music genres found on these sources:

allmusic.com
amazon.com
archive.org
audiogalaxy.com
dmoz.org (which is google)

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channelAustin adopting PBCore

channelAustin is adopting PBCore as a metadata standard for video genre types. PBCore is the metadata standard for the exchange of Public Broadcasting content. With this decision, channelAustin joins the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) and Denver Open Media in using PBCore. channelAustin is including the PBCore Module in its Open Media Project implementation (in development) and will model its configuration after BAVC.

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Content Sharing Status in the OMP

The Open Media Foundation's last deliverable for the Open Media Project Knight Foundation grant is a shared content solution for the OMP partners. Our proposed solution differs from existing solutions in that we want to enable automated or user-driven content-sharing, as opposed to the admin-focused solutions that exist with PEGMedia or the ACM/Telvue solution... For example, we want a community member in San Fran, searching for "Cambodian Comedy" videos to see the matching files in SF, and also see a lower-tier of search results from other OMP partner sites.

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DrupalCon Birds of a Feather OMP Meetup

Start: 
2010-04-20 16:00 - 17:00 America/Los_Angeles
Organizers: 
Event type: 
User group meeting

Tuesday, April 20, 4:00 to 5:00 PM @ DrupalCon BoF in Room 206
http://sf2010.drupal.org/conference/birds-feather

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DrupalCon Unconference OMP Meetup

Start: 
2010-04-18 15:30 - 18:00 America/Los_Angeles
Organizers: 
Event type: 
User group meeting

Sunday, April 18, 3:30 PM @ Drupal UnConference - Open Media Project Summit, Session, Presentation, Etc.
http://sf2010.drupal.org/conference/unconference

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