Friday, July 29, 2005

Ourmedia

Exciting: OurMedia.org, backed by the Internet Archive is a commons storage silo. You can sign up, then upload any media you want. Free. The FAQ is pretty comprehensive and re-assuring too.

Having delved briefly into the realm of podcasting yesterday (i.e. plugging a mic in), this could be a possible answer to some of the issues (storage + bandwidth costs) I've been a little worried about. I've yet to see what speed and reliability the site offers, but looks pretty promising nonetheless. THere is such a thing as a free lunch?

Also, what does this mean for grass roots communities that would otherwise perhaps struggle to either a) manage bandwidth or b) set-up distributed distribution such as BitTorrent? Can we expect to see towns full of local video diaries? Regular Phone-to-RSS videocasts from schoolchildren?

(via the newly launched e-mint)

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