Friday, March 25, 2005

Be the media at Ourmedia

For the past week I have been exploring the brand new open-source media community
Ourmedia and, from what I've seen so far, I really like it. It's an exciting blend of open source/user-contributed forums and filesharing, community, social networking software (SNS), archive and media resource.Ourmedia features all the bells and whistles of social software (i.e., layered profiles, buddy lists, etc) and participatory media (i.e., blogging and file sharing features) but for the purposes of sharing, archiving and building community (sans proprietary TOS).

Everything is still very alpha and a little buggy but largely operational. I haven't spent enough time to provide a proper review but I did want to say I really dig it so far and encourage others to go and explore. Here's what Ourmedia is

"Ourmedia is a global community and learning center where you can gain visibility for our works of personal media. We'll host your media forever — for free.

Video blogs, photo albums, home movies, podcasting, digital art, documentary journalism, home-brew political ads, music videos, audio interviews, digital storytelling, children's tales, Flash animations, student films, mash-ups — all kinds of digital works have begun to flourish as the Internet rises up alongside big media as a place where we’ll gather to inform, entertain and astound each other.

Ourmedia is several things in one.
We are:

An open-source project built and staffed by volunteers A destination Web site that freely hosts grassroots video, audio, music, photos, text and public domain works

A community space to share and discuss personal media

A learning toolkit to help our members create rich and compelling worksAn archive so that these works can be preserved for the ages

A clearinghouse that allows anyone to search for licensed video, audio or music, download it and remix it, with proper attribution. Legally."
Is this you? If so, I encourage you to go and check it out. If you really dig it, build a profile and upload some content!