[off -topic] – (skip this part if you like): I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying India. Visiting it after four years, boy has it changed. I’m currently in Nagpur, in my Uncle’s house, will be here for the next four days and luckily they’ve got fast broadband and a decent computer, so it’s definately coming in handy.[off -topic/]
Getting on to the promising title, so to say, I just heard about OurMedia.org, a site started by Marc Canter and JD Lasica, which is basically an Archive.org collaborative competitor with no caches (does Archive have any, by the way? Have never tried it.)
OurMedia let’s you host virtually anything, audio, video, text, images for no cost and as I said above, no caches (mind you it does cache your media though!). If what I have said above has got you interested, I would encourage you listen to this interview with JD Lasica and Marc Canter on ITconversations (thanks Doug!).
The reason I’m posting about OurMedia is solely because of its mission:
Create. Share. Get noticed. That’s what Ourmedia is about.
Ourmedia is a global community and learning center where you can gain visibility for your works of personal media. We’ll host your media forever ? for free.
Video blogs, photo albums, home movies, podcasting, digital art, documentary journalism, home-brew political ads, music videos, audio interviews, digital storytelling, children’s tales, Flash animations, student films, mash-ups ? all kinds of digital works have begun to flourish as the Internet rises up alongside big media as a place where we?ll gather to inform, entertain and astound each other.
Ourmedia is several things in one. We are:
An open-source project built and staffed by volunteers A destination Web site that freely hosts grassroots video, audio, music, photos, text and public domain works A community space to share and discuss personal media A learning toolkit to help our members create rich and compelling works An archive so that these works can be preserved for the ages A clearinghouse that allows anyone to search for licensed video, audio or music, download it and remix it, with proper attribution. Legally.
Soon we hope to become:
A 501(c)(3) non-profit A resource and global registry to bring freely shareable media to the desktop so users can create image albums, slide shows, jukeboxes and media libraries with a few mouse clicks
A very promising mission indeed, and if this, Archive.org, and any related sites if there are (and by this I’m in no way encouraging you to start one more unless it has something new. I mean it. 😉 ) carry on with their mission, I see the web collaborating to become a somewhat much more tv-like media, turn it on and it’ll keep you entertained — unless of course, infomericals, which some people find entertaining too.
I see sharing content on the Internet, whether it’s interesting links on del.icio.us or different types of media on OurMedia or files on Shareaza/P2P even a categorised web on DMOZ, going a long way. Maybe someday people will even make a decent living with it.