"Open Source" Radio

We have heard of Open Source when it comes to software and hardware.

Radio can also be "Open Source": "Open Source was conceived and developed by Christopher Lydon and Mary McGrath. A joint production of Open Source Media Inc. and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Open Source is presented by WGBH Radio Boston and distributed by Public Radio International (PRI)."

The material is released under Creative Commons. As usual, some mixing of views gets out on Radio "Open Source". I should add that I do not agree with everything on this radio station but I find the branding concept interesting, and of course, the pendulum keeps swinging.

Perhaps, we should start a real "Open Source Radio" which focuses on Open Source software! Would it have any listeners? Open source software does most of its doing using collaboration tools like e-mail, wiki and instant messaging.

Comments:

hmm, good idea. There are already some (lots of?!) podcasts covering different open source projects. But how about something more realtime and more open. Let say a radio wiki! I'm not sure how it'll be possible to implement it. But something like a voice chat channel that every one can join and talk and it being broadcasted over the internet will be really cool. Selection of topics, invited people, etc could be done offline in a wiki like website. I'm in, if there are more people interested in brainstorming and implementing it.

Posted by Pooya on August 30, 2006 at 04:16 AM PDT #

Hi Pooya - It doesn't need to be limited to any particular topic. I wouldn't mind participating, particularly at the design phase, if it goes beyond any particular topic. In fact, a dynamic web interface that allows finding real-time chats on various topics would be great. The interface lists moderators, topics, etc., is searchable and and works with multiple chat systems. Hence, it needs to use APIs from those systems to integrate with them. (I don't think Wiki is inherently dynamic enough for something like this although I'm sure there's a way to hack it.) What do you think?

Posted by M. Mortazavi on August 30, 2006 at 05:43 AM PDT #

Yes, good ideas. I don't know much about other chat systems with API. Do you know of any good one? One thing that I'm a little interested in thinking about, is how to make this thing different from a podcast. A personal podcast can be made and published over the internet very easily thesedays (http://studio.odeo.com/ or similar sites). But the good thing about radio is that you hear many different voices in one channel while things are also managed and in order. Let say you have all the options to program and schedule recorded and live shows. Conference talks with invited speakers or general public calling. I guess it could be huge system. The same ideas could also be used for videos. Social TV anyone? Or you call it TV 2.0?!

Posted by pooya on August 30, 2006 at 06:17 PM PDT #

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