Feedback on Abstract for CMDrupal: Due 4/25

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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.

By way of explanation I was invited to submit an abstract for a chapter in a collection of case studies on contemporary practices in community media. I was invited by Colin Rhinesmith (who some of you may know as a friend of community media) who asked me to share a chapter and I chose the CMDrupal Project.

This is the 100-word abstract so far. The deadline to submit is 4/25. IF it is accepted, an opportunity to create a chapter for this forthcoming book will follow. Hopefully, not too flowers and unicorns, but this is a great project that deserves some recognition.

In 2009 a loose coalition of community access TV station forked the core modules of the Knight funded Open Media project. The decision was made at a summit in Austin, TX in March 2009 to collaborate and further develop the project to align the principles of open source with the philosophy of community access. Participants have been challenging each other and themselves to develop and configure a single code base that was functional, feature rich, free and flexible. They made the deliberative commitment to document its use and create a community of practice around the open source ecosystem.

What do you think?

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Some quick fixes... The first

kreynen's picture

Some quick fixes...

The first CMD summit was in 2012 (https://groups.drupal.org/node/219459).
I'd also replace flowers with rainbows :)

Now the more complicated revisions. It is really difficult to summarize years of work into 100 words, but labeling CMD as a fork while not acknowledging that OM was also a fork doesn't really represent the evolution of the project.

The decision to decision to "fork" the structure used to manage investments in Drupal and CiviCRM happen in late 2010/early 2011. It was during this period of time CiviActions was finishing the BAVC project and MNN was beginning discussions about their upgrade. After contributed improvements to the Open Media code were ignored or rejected when BAVC's needs didn't match the Open Media Foundation's vision and MNN pushed to re-rename the project back to "Access Center", it was obvious a better structure was required for the project to survive.

We needed some level of continuity instead of starting the project over each time a large station was interested in contributing. MNN developed AccessCenter before Open Media, but the structure of AccessCenter 1.0 made it very difficult to install and required workflows that didn't work well for smaller stations. Open Media "forked" MNN's modules to provide similar functionality that was more flexible and easier to install as independent modules and configure as a distribution. The Community Media fork and the creation of the 3 levels of starter kit distributions continued the investment in a structure that worked for both small and large stations, but didn't prevent the larger stations from investing in customizations that met their needs.

In 2012 a loose coalition of community access TV stations committed to continue to work towards the original vision of the Knight funded Open Media Project at a summit in Austin, TX. This collaboration's aim was to further develop the project to align the principles of open source with the philosophy of community access. Participants challenge each other and themselves to be more than users and invest in a shared code base that is functional, feature rich, free and flexible. These stations committed to openly sharing improvements, documentation, and problems with the community.

7 words to spare is someone wants to take another stab at revising that!

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