Following the annual team meeting, EngageMedia video activists will be visiting Australia's East Coast in March. If you are based in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney or Newcastle and would like to hear more about our projects or discuss possible collaborations, please contact us.
In Melbourne, the complete EM squad will walk from its Fitzroy office on Napier St to Gertrude's Brown Couch to chat with friends and collaborators.
|When||Friday 4 March / 6 - 7.30 pm
|Where||Gertrude's Brown Couch, 30 - 32 Gertrude St, Fitzroy|
In Mulubinba (Newcastle), EM collaborates with Kanuguba in inviting Novocastrians to watch films, share stories on video activism, open licensing in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and asking for your participation in making videos as the tool for change.
|When||Thursday 10 March / 7.30 - 9 pm|
|Where||Renew Newcastle HQ, 3 Morgan St Newcastle|
|Contact||Jude Conway - 0409-193242|
In Sydney, EM collaborates with the Indonesian Solidarity forum in screening and chatting at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
|When||Wednesday 9 March / 3 - 5 pm|
|Where||Civil Engineering 701, University of NSW, Kensington|
|When||Friday 11 March, 12.30 pm - 2 pm|
Hedley Bull Seminar Room 1.04, Australian National University
Screeners and Speakers
Enrico Aditjondro has lived and worked in Indonesia, West Papua, the US, Australia and Timor Leste. He started his journalism career in 1998 when he joined THE MARITIME WORKERS’ JOURNAL in Sydney, reporting on labor issues and shipping industry. Seeking for more excitement, he moved to Jakarta and joined the Southeast Asia Press Alliance in 2000, while also traveling and working in Timor Leste with UNESCO and UNTAET. Enrico also campaigned around corruption issues for Transparency International-Indonesia and in 2005 he was the Southeast Asia Representative for the International News Safety Institute. The same year he co-founded and became managing editor for PARAS INDONESIA, one of the country’s leading bilingual social-political website during those years. He was a fan of EngageMedia before joining the group in May 2009. He is now based in Jakarta, writing, producing films and maintaining the Southeast Asia content for EngageMedia.
Alexandra Crosby is a writer, researcher, designer and arts worker committed to developing relationships between communities. She has worked with a wide range of groups and individuals, primarily on creative approaches to environmental issues such as forest and water management, and particularly with groups in Indonesia and Australia. In 2005 and 2008, Alexandra was co-director of the Gang Festival with Rebecca Conroy, an ongoing creative exchange project between Indonesia and Australia. In 2008, Gang Festival published an anthology titled re:Publik, Indonesia-Australia Creative Adventures. She recently received the Kirk Robson Memorial Award for Leadership in Community Cultural Development. In 2007, Alexandra returned from a position in Yogyakarta as a Visual Arts Officer for the Australian Youth Ambassador for Development program. In 2004, she worked on the project Beyond the Factory Walls, living on the outskirts of Jakarta and producing digital storytelling and live performance with the group Teater Buruh Indonesia. She is now completing a phD researching the visual culture of activist communities in Java. www.alimander.com
Yerry Niko Borang is an independent journalist based in Jakarta. While studying at university, he joined the student movement and created several propaganda bulletins in 1998. From 1999, working with publishers in Yogyakarta, he helped translate several English books on politics and literature into Indonesian, including Orwell's Animal Farm. In 2004 he participated in early meetings to rebuild Indymedia Jakarta. He worked as a radio / web / video journalist for more than six years at vhrmedia.com. During that time, he also worked with community radio and media networks.
Plumi, the video-sharing web application which runs engagemedia.org, was recently updated to be based on Plone 4, the latest version of the open-source content-management system upon which Plumi has been developed.
Since then, EngageMedia and Unweb have been working on some exciting new features focused on improving video sharing and playback, including BitTorrent video-sharing support, high/low resolution video playback, video-analytics and template improvements.
BitTorrent file-sharing of videos will enable Plumi sites to distribute videos over torrent networks. This in turn will let many users, or "seeders", choose to share between them the download of those videos to new users. This distributes the bandwidth load and data usage, and BitTorrent also allows people to resume downloading a file if it is interrupted by a bad internet connection.
This opens up possibilities for video sites located in areas without reliable internet connections to make videos available to download over longer periods of time, without fear of downloads failing due to interruptions. For example, EngageMedia plans to work with some community TV groups in Indonesia for whom this way of sharing video may be very useful.
Another useful new feature for areas without high-quality broadband access, is the ability to switch to a low-resolution, low-bitrate version of the video file. This allows people who may previously had to wait a long time to watch videos in the player, to have a smoother more viable viewing experience.
Video-analytics is another major new feature. Users of video sites have come to expect the ability to see the number of people who have viewed their videos. A new Plumi feature based on the open-source stats application PiWik, gives us this functionality, as well as the ability to see how many people have downloaded the video file itself.
Finally, some template improvements have been made, making the user-interface simpler for ordinary users, and also to make it easier to view the author of a video in listings such as latest videos.
This release is a beta version, designed for development and testing purposes. When a final version is released in the coming weeks, it will be available for EngageMedia and other organisations to install on live production websites, at which point you'll be able to enjoy these great new features.
In the menatime, you can read more about this Plumi release on the Plumi blog.
If you happen to be in the Amsterdam area on March 11/12 drop on in to the Video Vortex, Beyond YouTube conference. EngageMedia's Andrew Lowenthal will be speaking on the Online Video as a Political Tool session about The Public, the Private and Media Autonomy, exploring the political economy of the online video landscape and newly rediscovered contradictions that our public online spaces are increasingly controlled by corporate entities.