Volunteer

Help Transcribe These Interviews

1.) Take a look at the interviews below.
2.) Select an interview that sounds interesting to you.
3.) Leave a comment on this page declaring which interview you're going to help transcribe (Make sure no one else has started working on it yet by reading through the comments below.)
4.) Follow the URL of the name, and download the MP3 of the interview
5.) Transcribe my introduction as well as the interview
6.) E-mail the finished transcript to me at kent@kentbye.com

Thanks!
-Kent.

New Media

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What I Have, What I Need & What You Can Do To Help

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Momentum is building for The Echo Chamber Project, and it is time to share my assessment of What I Have. What I Need. And What You Can Do to Help.

I believe that I've collected a critical mass of value, and I'm hoping to leverage this towards taking this ambitious project to the next level.

My biggest need at the moment is help recruiting PHP developers to help implement some of the collaborative editing infrastructure for sequencing sound bite sequences. This infrastructure will enable even more people to get involved.

The biggest thing that everyone interested in helping out can do is to start listening to the Interview Audio (via Audio Feed or All Media Feed) that I'm publishing as well as reading through these interview transcripts.

I am going to need your help with making sense of all of this information and insights that I've collected once the tools are finally in place for you to do so. The more familiar you are with the material, the more that you'll be able to get involved and participate.

So take a look at the assets that I've gathered below, and think about the following:

* What are some next steps that you can take to help me fulfill some of my immediate or long-term needs?

Finally, let me know that you're listening by either sending me an e-mail at Kent@KentBye.com -- leaving a comment below -- or signing up as a user to this site.

*** WHAT I HAVE ***

* A very hot topic concerning how the media covered the build-up to the war in Iraq.

* 5 months of ABC, CBS and NBC footage & transcripts leading up to the war.

* Over 40 hours of interview footage & transcripts filled with problem-oriented insights about the media from scholars and journalists.

* Another 10+ hours covering the future trends of the media and solution-oriented insights from thought leaders in the field.

* The willingness to publish all the interview audio underneath a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license of all of my interviews to spur innovation and collaboration.

* The willingness to release all of my video footage underneath a Creative Commons Attribution license after I finish and release my version.

* A lot of ideas and theories for how collaborative filmmaking could work.

* The attention of many different journalists, scholars, new media thought leaders and media technologists for my project and how I'm going about it. This success of this project can make a profound impact on how journalism is produced.

* A lot of contacts with bloggers and activist technologists from various technical conferences who have a fair amount of social capital.

* An unspecified strategy for how DVD sales will provide a revenue stream and return of investment for this project.

* An unspecified grassroots marketing strategy that involves the open and collaborative production of the film to help spread the word about the project.

* A part-time Drupal czar for emergency site maintence.

* Boundless passion and determination to make this project work and to have it make a difference in the world.

* My own personal salary and living expenses covered.

* Some upcoming press from interviews with MasterNewMedia.org's Robin Good and an upcoming episode with GeekEntertainment.tv

*** WHAT I NEED FOR THE SHORT-TERM ***

* PHP coders to help implement some of the technical infrastructure for browser-based sound bite sequencing within Drupal.

* More systems-level technical help with putting these theories into action.

* A producer who can help collect the necessary resources -- whether it be human or financial resources -- to help manifest this technical infrastructure.

* A film producer who can help tap into the energy of a technology-empowered collaborators to help craft the 90-minute film product.

* A multi-media producer to think about creating more interactive online experiences with the material, and mechanisms for how to continually add knowledge and value to the footage archive.

* A lawyer and accountant to create an LLC or other umbrella organization.

* Fiscal sponsorship from a non-profit to make donations tax deductable

* Philanthropists who are willing to invest in this type of open source infrastructure, and who can add value to the project with the connections and relationships that they have.

* I have an emergency Drupal administrator, but it would be nice to have a PHP/Drupal website administrator who has available time to help troubleshoot and maintain the site.

* Potential editing volunteers to start listening to the interviews that I've conducted

* Help with spreading the word in trying to locate any of the type of people above.

*** WHAT I NEED FOR THE LONG-TERM ***

* A graphic designer who can make come up with a Drupal theme that much more aesthetically pleasing that the current one.

* A user interface specialist who can help make advise how features and the site can be more user friendly

* An information architect who can help make the information on this site more

* An information visualization guru who is willing to help implement some open source data visualizations to the social networking activity

* Artists to make graphics and logos that help communicate more visually.

* Academic Advisors from a broad range of different disciplines who have an interest in my project, and want to help gather help and support for the project -- Communications, Film, Journalism, Sociology, New Media, Politics, Law, International Relations, Peace Studies, Computer Science, etc.

* A more defined timeline once some of the above immediate needs are satisfied

* Community developers and outreach coordinators for the project

* Job descriptions for different tasks that volunteers could help out with

* Fair Use Copyright legal advisors

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I know that's a lot of stuff, but this interview material, technology assets and theories that I've gathered has the potential to snowball and manifest every single one of these desires.

We can do this together.

So what's your next step for helping it happen?

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Volunteer Opportunities

Yeast Radio's Madge Weinstein just interviewed me about the Echo Chamber Project, and it was a very good encapsulation of where I'm at and where I'm going.

This will hopefully help drive some volunteers to the site, and so this post should serve as a launching pad for what you can do to get more involved.

The most immediate thing to do is to subscribe to one of my RSS feeds. I am trying to build out my support network, and this is one of the simplest ways to help build some momentum for the project. This will show that I have people listening, and I'll be able to have more influence and get more things done as the community grows.

So for anyone already subscribed to my old blog feed, then please switch to my new "All Media" feedburner feed -- which now includes my daily del.icio.us links as well as all video and audio enclosures.

I've also created separate video and audio feeds. My vlog feed is still the same, but I've added two new audio feeds with interview audio and audio from technical conversations about building up the collaborative technology.

As my "Interview Audio" audience grows, then I will start releasing more and more audio from these 76 interviews.

Another really easy thing to do is to sign up as a user on this site. That way I can get your e-mail, and you'll be set to get more involved as the project progresses.

If you can code PHP, and want to help create the open source Drupal modules for collaborative media production, then please send me a direct e-mail at kent@kentbye.com. This is vital because these PHP coders will be able facilitate even more people getting involved down the road, so please help spread the word to your technologist friends and bloggers.

I'm also on the lookout for any business-minded people who want to help produce the film and put together a business plan for open media production.

Also -- if you would like to help transcribe small chunks of interviews, then this page has more information: Help Transcribe These Interviews. I'm hoping to recruit a swarm of volunteers who can help transcribe 3-minute chunks of audio. The bulk of the transcription has been completed, but I have a lot of short interviews that I'm starting to release -- So these are very small-scale and doable transcriptions.

I'd like to eventually be able to quickly produce a transcript for an hour interview by having 20 people transcribe 3-minute chunks simultaneously. And I'll probably need a team of around 40-50 available volunteer transcribers in order to achieve this.

This type of distributed transcription will be key for collaborative investigative journalism -- at least until automatic transcription comes along.

Thanks!

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Volunteers Needed: Calling All PHP Coders

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I'm starting to specify specific feature requests for Drupal's playlist module, both Colin and Farsheed said that I should coordinate these requests through this Drupal feature request database.

If you have any PHP coding experience and are interested in helping expand this playlist module for other nodes and for collaborative film editing, then please e-mail me at kent@kentbye.com -- and I'll be sure to put you in touch with Colin and Farsheed. Or you can go through Drupal's tasking mechanism if you'd like, but drop me a line to keep me posted.

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Technology Audio: Farsheed Hamidi-Toosi, Drupal Playlist Module

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A discussion with Farsheed Hamidi-Toosi about the Drupal playlist module. I also talk a lot about what I'm doing with The Echo Chamber Project.

(49:10 / 14.1 MB / Subscribe to the Community & Technology Audio Feed)

Click here to listen to the MP3

More details in this blog post: Playlists are to Music as Edit Decision Lists are to Film.

Also mentioned in this podcast, is dynamic editing of audio files with SMIL.

Any PHP programmers interesting in helping add some this functionality to Drupal's Playlist module should also listen to the conversation with Drupal developer Colin Brumelle and discussion with playlist maven Lucas Gonze. Look to http://www.echochamberproject.com/volunteer for updates.

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Technology Audio: Colin Brumelle, Drupal Playlist Module

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A discussion with Colin Brumelle about the Drupal playlist module. I talk about some of the features that I would like to see added to the playlist module, and explain more about what I'm doing with The Echo Chamber Project.

(26:29 / 7.6 MB / Subscribe to Community & Technology Audio Feed)

Click here to listen to the MP3

More details in this blog post: Playlists are to Music as Edit Decision Lists are to Film.

Any PHP programmers interesting in helping add some this functionality to Drupal's Playlist module should also listen to the conversation with Drupal developer Farsheed and discussion with playlist maven Lucas Gonze. Look to http://www.echochamberproject.com/volunteer for updates.

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Technology Audio: Lucas Gonze, Webjay.org on Playlists

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A Discussion with Webjay.org's Lucas Gonze about his playlist community, and how playlist concepts can be applied to film editing and citizen journalism. Playlists being lists of songs, and Edit Decision Lists being lists of audio sound bites and lists of video clips. We also discuss reputation, identity, and distribution.

(51:08 / 14.6 MB / Subscribe to Echo Chamber Project's Community & Technology Audio Feed)

Click here to listen to the MP3

More details in this blog post: Playlists are to Music as Edit Decision Lists are to Film.

Any PHP programmers interesting in helping add some this functionality to Drupal's Playlist module should listen to this as well as the next two discussions with the Drupal Developers Colin and Farsheed. Look at http://www.echochamberproject.com/volunteer for updates.

Getting More Involved with The Echo Chamber Project

For The Echo Chamber Project to succeed as a collaborative project, then there needs to ways for many people to contribute small tasks over short periods of time -- as well as for individuals to perform bigger tasks that are more involved and take more time.

Specific tools need to be before the project can productively handle large numbers of volunteers, but until that time, there will be tasks that will need individual volunteers to accomplish.

If you would like to contribute some of your skills for helping this project happen, then check back at this page and I will be posting requests after this entry.

You can also e-mail me at Kent@KentBye.com and I will be sure to add you to the e-mail list.

If you would like to have these volunteer requests automatically delivered to you, then you can subscribe to the volunteer request feed by copying and paste the following feed into your favorite news aggregator: http://www.echochamberproject.com/rss/volunteer

(Read more about News Aggregators)

Thanks,
-Kent Bye.

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Distributed Transcription for Citizen Journalism

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I put a call out yesterday to all of the volunteers who have already completed a transcription. I needed to re-assign 9 more interviews to be transcribed because of a delay in loading the footage caused by a hard drive malfunction back in late 2004.

I sent out about 18 e-mails and I had my 9 volunteers less than 24 hours later -- even with my website completely offline during most of this time period.

I was surprised about how eager these volunteers were to help out again. I think that Americans are really hungry to get involved with helping out with these documentary projects because they want to feel like they're making a difference both politically and with their frustrations with the media...

Transcription Status

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All transcripts have now been assigned.

UPDATE 6-22-05: Sorry to all of those volunteers who were trying to access this page last night and this morning -- My server was going through an upgrade and messed up some Drupal settings.

I've assigned all of the following interviews, and I'll keep in touch with what else I may need your help on.

Thanks everyone for helping make this a project a collaborative effort!

Click below to check the status of the interviews that do not appear on the Interview page...

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