The wiki of wikis

Wikis are for people to easily collaborate on the creation of content. Wikipedia, one of the most successful projects on the web, is a wiki.

This page is the master wiki for organising projects on the Open Media Network. Crucially it is a self-organising space. Each of the projects in the Open Media Network can have its own wiki, and can share the content with the entire network, or keep certain things private, as you wish.

Here is a step-by-step guide to using the wiki.

Please try to build the structure of the wiki as you go along.

Here's an example: Let's say people are talking about which mobile device to buy, and you want to talk about tablets - for that you should create a sub-page for tablets. But then someone else wants to talk about smartphones - that is not a sub-page off the tablets page, but a sub-page off the original mobile devices page.

So when you add content, think if you are writing it in the right place, and enjoy adding to the fund of knowledge which the wiki pages will be by making it really useful, like wikipedia.

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What would re-booting grassroots media look like?

This is a post by Hamish Campbell from his blog:

Richard Hering has edited the original post. I think a crew willing to discuss setting this up would be a very good outcome from the upcoming Real Media  Conference.

A series of un-conferences - focussed weekend events\\ #

Intro to the first event\\ #

Un-conferences are called for a reason and are about a subject, generally with an idea of an outcome.

Invite all the existing groups and most importantly representatives from past groups to tell their stories and outline their ongoing projects. Invite groups from outside the activist/NGO ghetto such as London JAVA and hackspaces and many more etc.

The preamble: #

What is the problem? The internet at its origins is a horizontal, relatively level playing field, which should enable us all as alt-media practitioners to grow our projects much more than we have. Why are we still less than the sum of our parts? Is the future dystopian, where we continue to be atomised in fly-by-night corporate social media silos, or could we build the means to network much bigger, and make the medium part of the social change message?

Here are some definitions of the problem:

grassroots media/ geek culture and the failings of the NGO solutions to such issues.


The gathering is committed to finding paths using the 6 Opens.

  • Open source (free software)
  • Open publishing (post-publishing moderation)
  • Open licence content (non commercial re-use)
  • Open process (everything organised on public e-mail lists, meetings)
  • Open security (nothing is truly secure in the online world, and by emphasising security / encryption / anonymity we only hide from each other)
  • Open industrial standards (new tools should be built with existing standard working tools, like rss, rather than new / "more perfect" tools)

A defining of open industrial standards and federation, a look at peer to peer and client / server. (eg bittorrents are peer-to-peer, YouTube is client/server)

This intro is to set the atmosphere of the event, to increase group feedback that question these streams in the workshops over the weekend.

When people arrive, a brief over view of the event and go to it Then everyone has their workshop/say.

The event would tend to split into 2 streams, Media Creators (story tellers) and Geeks (tool builders). “We” as the “organisers” would continuously gently push to keep the streams entwined as they both need each other and need an emulsifier to combine for any length of time.

The outcome would be wide.

We have a note taker (straight to public wiki) and audio recorder for each session (uploaded soon after)

What I would think important is://

  • how to make media so it is part of a flow, rather than for a silo.
  • Importance of linking, just getting this working would be a big step forwarded.
  • using the corporate dotcoms as dumb pipes – not original sources – build peer pressure here - no sin by only posting to failbook and bird seed world.
  • recognition of the problems with the widespread use of WordPress as top sites, fine as a blog/source, disaster as group/campaign site.
  • importance of seeing media production as a production of media objects to be shared across the expanding network – not merely to be held in personal silos or spent purely in the dotcom world.
  • recognition of the danger and damage from closed (encrypted) working practices in activism. The positive possibility of open working on the open web. This unconference starts from the view that encryption has a limited role and efficacy. Encrypting everything is very damaging for building an open media network, and this unconference will be based exclusively on the "open security" model.

At the end have report backs based on the 6 Opens. How do the projects/groups meet these.

Concrete outcomes:\\ #

  • Get everyone to front page link to at least 3 complementary groups.
  • Get people to review alt-media projects based on the 6 Opens to spark off wider social debate.

A list from our perspective on good outcomes://

Put out the (existing) visionOntv video embeds, sign up some more moderators – they are a partial example of the world we want to create.

Look at the newsflash, linking embed and funding site projects.

Find developers to help build out the OMN tools, make links to other projects, view the tools and micro formats.

Nourish a non-proprietary single sign in for activism and beyond (look at

A tech view of this world\\ #

Am going to link to some existing “complex” projects that overlap to THE OMN KISS” project, examples: is the same project, just too far forward to be adopted, that is it's not based on the past [?] so would need too much of a jump to adopt. This is why we use RSS as that stepping stone.[Please clarify] is working from a “single user” perspective on very usable micro formats and standards-based projects. The technology being ( and RSS) used has good peer to peer strengths. [Dave Winer, the developer, describes it as: "looks like a blog, but is actually a feed reader"] same project but again from the “libertarian” camp, making it of limited use for outreach beyond this camp. [I don't think either this or Dave Winer self-identify as "libertarian", so maybe this description raises more questions (dust) than it answers. I confess I don't really get this. you're arguing that they're coming a single user basis rather than a federated. Does this make in difference in real practical terms? Is there anything about this which makes Scripting News or this one which makes them not federat-able?]

Just about all the parallel projects are about individuals first and groups second. For our more communitarian project we need to tweek/expand these code bases to make them useful. Also there is a strong geek start-from-scratch approach which means that their projects cannot lead any change but could become part of the change as it flows. We need to be the flow, otherwise we are all isolated ponds – the state of alt-media today.

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