Economies of the Common #1

Pre-Conference Seminar: Open Video Conference Europe
Mediacentrum, Sumatralaan 45 (Media Park), Hilversum

On November 11, 2010 The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and Knowledgeland host a one-day pre-conference seminar on open video in relation to public broadcasting, co-organised with the Open Video Alliance.

The Open Video Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals committed to the idea that the power of moving image should belong to everyone. Heading towards this goal, tools for creating, manipulating, and sharing video must be available to everyone. Moreover, open video requires that legal and business structures support the ability of huge numbers of individuals to use video in ways that go beyond just watching.

Public broadcasters aim to inform, inspire and entertain citizens. Because public broadcasting is funded directly by taxpayers, it is often argued that it should accommodate the current needs of society and culture. Its productions are an important part of our collective memory and can also be considered as belonging to the commons; resources that are collectively owned. Embracing open video will enable public broadcasters to optimise their accessibility and form a participatory culture around their productions. However, public broadcasters currently face serious legal and technological challenges and may also have to overcome some fears, uncertainty and doubt.

This pre-conference gathers representatives from public broadcasting, the creative industries, civil rights organisations, cultural heritage organisations and government to discuss the future of public broadcasting in relation to open video.

Attendance to the seminar is free, but reservation is required due to limited seating. Please reserve via e-mail:

Plenary keynotes (10:00-11:00)
Ben Moskowitz (Open Video Alliance)
Peter B. Kaufman (Intelligent Television)

Coffee (11:00-11:15)

Plenary Presentations of Relevant Projects (11:15-13:00)
Michael Dale (Wikimedia Foundation) – Video on Wikipedia
VPRO – Open Distribution of Broadcast Material
Dolf Veenvliet (Blender Foundation) – Open Movie Projects and Software
Bram Tullemans (NPO) – Online Video for Dutch Public Broadcasting

Lunch (13:00-14:00)

Three Parallel Working Groups (14:00-16:00)
1. Video on Wikipedia (step-by-step instructions on adding video content to Wikipedia, focus is both on the decision making process and the actual upload procedure)
Moderators: Ben Moskowitz & Michael Dale

2. Web Made Movie (create a web made movie on-the-spot using Poporn.js)
Moderator: Hendrik Moltke (Mozilla Drumbeat)

3. Open Distribution Models for Broadcasting (working out possible models that broadcasters can pursue to open up their content)
Moderator: Peter B. Kaufman

Coffee (16:00-16:15)

Closing Discussion and Closing Remarks (16:15-17:00)