Economies of the Commons 2

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Presentation, De Balie, Amsterdam November 2010



You're browsing a database with a program called Wiki Wiki Web. And the program has an attitude. The program wants everyone to be an author. So, the program slants in favor of authors at some inconvenience to readers.

From a post on the Portland Pattern Repository, the original "wiki"

Active Archives Video Wiki

  • Speed of Moving from Reading to Writing
  • Text as an interface
  • Making the experience of editing video as “lightweight” as editing text
  • Support “writing with video”
  • Priority on exploring editing possibilities, rather than producing a “final cut”

Archiving starts now

  • Support the life cycle of media creation from the planning through the actual event, on to the eventual “archive”.
  • Integrate with existing workflows.

Active Archive as “Browser”

  • Invert the paradigm of uploading material into the CMS / repository
  • Index materials “in-place” online via their URL
  • Materials may be “cached” or downloaded for longevity / offline access / local manipulation
  • Dynamic materials (such as an RSS feed from a BLOG or the changing homepage of a website)

Writing with Video

  • Annotations may be transcription, but also notes, associations
  • Tagging & Searching are a starting point to editing (Tag as a playlist)
  • Support a lifecycle of writing: may begin as rough notes, functional bookmarks into a video, and develop into a (collaborative) essay or perhaps the basis of a derived (or entirely new) video


  • Lessons from Free software to Free culture
  • Not about simply giving online access
  • Release & Receive

A central part of free software practice is releasing control of one's personal creation with the understanding that others can take your creation other places than you might have imagined (or desired). In the best case one may receive back not just bug fixes, but also unexpected insights that can help expand one's own understanding of what one started with.

(Digital) Sustainability

  • Return to HTML
  • Archiving tools that create self-standing static archives of sites (Archive on a USB stick)
  • Technologies like HTML5 + free software codecs like OGG/Theora/WebM, provide an ideal fit for storing / distributing material as simple file-based pages
  • Technologies like RDF(a) to “weave” the contents of a database into static pages.
  • Federated servers instead of central service (Platform is AGPL)

What links here

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