Open Media Project

channelAustin’s Stefan Wray will discuss and demonstrate the contributed modules developed for the Open Media Project, a national collaborative project aimed at building the capacity of community television stations and digital media centers.

The Open Media Project was initially funded by a Knight News Challenge grant in 2008 to the Open Media Foundation in Denver. Its mission is to develop and implement open source tools designed to free the staff of public access stations and community technology centers from many repetitive tasks. channelAustin, Austin’s community television station and digital media center, is one of the partner sites.

The Open Media Project (OMP) relies on common contributed modules like CCK and Views, but has also developed its own set of contributed Drupal modules such as Open Media Show, Open Media Airings, Open Media Playback Servers, and Open Media Timeslot Scheduler, as well as a module to help manage equipment reservations, checkouts and inventory called MERCI.

Stefan Wray, channelAustin’s Communication Director and OMP Project Lead, will discuss the progress and accomplishments of the Open Media Project so far and demonstrate the functionality of the OMP modules and MERCI. Note that MERCI has broader applications outside the sphere of community television. He will also share information about channelAustin.