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August 02, 2012

Open Media Project 2.0 Software for Public Access Television Providers is Announced

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Public-access television is a type of non-commercial mass media where common people can produce content television programming which is cablecast with the help of cable TV specialty channels. Public-access television was established in the United States between 1969 and 1971 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC (News - Alert)). Recently, The Open Media Foundation, Warecorp, and The UpTake have joined hands to introduce Open Media Project 2.0.

The Open Media Project 2.0 is an open-source software product that helps public access television operators of all varieties and sizes to automate scheduling and reservation processes. According to the company, this ultimately allows them to improve content monitoring and search capabilities, as well as make use of content sharing across stations.

With open-source software, the three companies partnered on the system will work to help unlock the potential of community media. The UpTake participated to learn how to aggregate and analyze a wider cross section of community media from a journalism point of view, the company stated in a press release.

According to Open Media Foundation director, Tony Shawcross, “The latest version of the Open Media Project reflects a major step forward in our mission to put the power of the media and technology in the hands of the people. For the first time, small media organizations with limited budgets and technical resources will have an opportunity to join a growing network of stations devoted to empowering their communities to run a new kind of media operation.”

In 2011, the company introduced SoapBlox 2.0, an upgraded and revitalized version of the original SoapBlox blogging platform, at the sixth annual Netroots Nation convention in Minneapolis. Designed especially for building multi-author blogging communities, SoapBlox is a network of more than 90 influential progressive blogs from across the United States. The SoapBlox blogging platform was acquired in January 2011 by Warecorp.

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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo

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