From May 10-13 EngageMedia conducted a video database development workshop with ASTEKI - a network of progressive TV stations based in Bogor, Indonesia. The workshop made use EngageMedia's Plumi video sharing software. We were joined by friends and fellow Plumi developers from Unweb (Greece) and Inigo Tech (Malaysia) along with local Indonesian Air Putih technologists.
The goal of the workshop was to provide ASTEKI with fully-functional local Plumi site set-up, including a basic design and a preliminary set of content. We also aimed to teach participants the skills needed to install, template, design, configure, backup and administer/maintain their own Plumi/Plone systems. These workshops intended to impart a solid understanding of the relationship between ASTEKI's web and content delivery strategies and their video database.
While we got some help from the cool weather of the rainy city Bogor, our main assistance came from the Plumi system itself. As the program matures, it is becoming easier and easier to install. Only two hours was required to install the software on several computers, including by many 'non-geeks'. Participants built their own Plumi site during the course of the workshop but the key output was an offline video data-base to house ASTEKI's large collection.
The site (under heavy development) is also available online at asteki.org, it is very fast within Indonesia but quite slow outside the country.
The workshop also saw the revamping of the Plumi manual into Indonesian which you can find at http://translate-new.flossmanuals.net/plumi_id/_v/1.0/introduction/
During this workshop several videos were uploaded, mostly by the Kotahujan.com crew (thanks for that!). You can view them by clicking the links below:
Flickr photos can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/engagemedia-org/sets/72157626793443518/with/5753600083/
Until next time, ciao...
The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival's Progressive Media Seminar, 21 May 2011, held at The Cube, ACMI, drew a small number of punters, a hand-full of which left during the first 20 minutes or so. Those that remained were clearly interested and perhaps sought more. That’s the impression I got from the few questions that were raised and the discussions I’d had with some attendees after.
Although a strong set of questions had been prepared, the discussion and often instructive nature of responses was not as effective as it could have been were the seminar to provide for a hands-on-approach. As such, I feel we had barely got going when the seminar came to a close and for those who stuck it out with the panel, it’s hard to say whether it was effective or not.
From my perspective, in spite of the small numbers of people there (approx 20 - 25), the seminar pointed to a need for a more hands-on approach. I’ve done these kinds of instructive, anecdotal talks all too often. I don’t think people want to be told how to do this or that, but rather to have it shown in a way where they get to work out their own strategies.
The issues that seemed to stand-out, in need of more discussion and certainly hands-on design, include:
- action / advocacy planning
- identifying your audience
- creating a distribution plan
- video archives of re-use content - where are they?
The kinds of workshops we run in Indonesia are starting to become necessary, if not urgent, in Australia. Unlike Indonesia, where these workshops are funded, would Australian filmmakers and activists pay a reasonable fee to not only cover our costs, but support the ongoing work of our organisation?
In closing, I reckon it's time to stop talking and start strategising. We can all talk and some will be prepared to listen, but can we act? I think we can.
About 50 people participated in the workshop, and it was a great experience! During the workshop’s two hours we presented Plumi, we assisted the audience to perform fresh installations on their laptops, we discussed deployment issues and have received highly positive comments regarding Plumi, the transcoding framework and the future of the project.
There have been a few concerns about the packaging of the project and there has been a demand for easier ways to install it. For example, as we experienced network issues during the conference, the installation was unable to proceed for a couple of attendees.
The presentation (in Greek!) can be found here.
Hello everyone! We plan to conduct a workshop about the plumi / video database, with our local partner ASTEKI, a network of local Indonesian TV stations. This workshop will begin next week, from 10-13 May, 2011. Yippiee !!!
Indonesia now has more than 30 million internet users. But this is just a small number compared to the population as a whole. Also, Indonesia’s vast geographic spread and underdeveloped IT infrastructure makes it very difficult to maintain a steady and realiable internet connection. For years Engagemedia has campaigned about online distribution, but we're aware of these difficulities, and that online distribution isn't feasible without extremely fast and reliable internet access. At times we've found that such distribution is impractical and time consuming. This is why we're promoting the use of offline video databases.
Over the past several years, we have used our Plumi video sharing software to successfully set up four offline video databases with our local partners Kampung Halaman, the Indonesian Visual Art Archive, Combine Resource Institution and Ruangrupa.
One of the upcoming workshop's aims is to share knowlege on how to install and maintain an offline video database system based on Plumi. We plan to extend this database project and the community that grows from it to Asteki. This will allow Asteki to locally store hundreds of DVD-quality videos located in their office with frequent and secure back ups.
Wish us luck...