Japanese labor organisation LaborNet have implemented Plumi to run UnionTube, a video sharing site focussed on Japanese worker’s issues. The site invites union members and others to contribute their clips to the site. If you have a look you’ll see Plumi adapts pretty well to running in Japanese with the help of Plone’s great language support, though there is still some work to be done. Check out the site at video.labornetjp.org
The Athenaeum Centre for Libraries (Centro di Ateneo per le Biblioteche – CAB) recently implemented Plumi for their Berlin 5 Conference on Open Access at Padua University.
The aim of the conference was bring together the various initiatives and key players within the Open Access movement in order to:
- have an overview of the developing tools that sustain Open Access in scientific data and cultural heritage dissemination
- develop the effective strategies that can contribute to the construction and implementation of this new paradigm of the scholarly communication world.
You can see the site here: http://cabtube.cab.unipd.it/
A buildout is now also available for Plumi 0.1-final. A buildout puts together Zope, Plone, the third-party products and all customisations into one package. This makes it very easy for you to get everything up and running very quickly.
You can read more about buildouts here: http://plone.org/documentation/tutorial/buildout
You can find the buildout here: https://plumi.org/browser/plumi-buildout-plone2.5
A new African video-based website using Plumi software and other Plone customisations claims to be “the first Television online for Africa and its diaspora”. The Africa on TV site is still under construction but already lists many videos hosted externally on YouTube. Content focuses on cultural material, including video of well-known musicians such as Youssou N’Dour, Salif Keita and Oumou Sangare.
On January 26th a series of actions initiated by the World Social Forum took place around the world. The WSF used video to document those actions and employed Plumi to distribute them online.
To date the site has collected around 50 videos from all over the globe. The videos are compiled on the
For background on the action day see
We’re pleased to announce a series of major updates to Plumi, the free software video sharing content management system. These updates include major enhancements to site speed and reduced server load, a new design and features such as tagging and call outs. Plumi enables you to create a sophisticated video sharing and community site out-of-the-box. In a web landscape where almost all video sharing sites keep their distribution platform under lock and key Plumi is one contribution to creating a truly democratic media.
Download Plumi-0.2 from plone.org.
More specifically the improvements include….
We’ve added a new content type: “Call Outs” to help people looking for content for a DVD compilation, screenings, film festival or crew for a production.
The addition of qPloneComments adds email notification if someone comments on a video or responds to a comment and allows fine grained administration of commenting. A comments portlet is also added to the front page.
We’ve improved the vodcasting performance using a catalogue based RSS2 feed view implementation, meaning RSS2 feeds load much faster.
Tagging is now based on the Vaporisation product resulting in much faster page loads and navigation of content.
PERFORMANCE AND TEMPLATE ENHANCEMENTS
– templates are refactored into a new ‘Five’ style view implementation that are Plone 3 ready resulting in faster page loads
– video listings no longer wake the objects from the zope database (ZODB) improving catalogue searching and speed
– Plumi 0.2 runs now on Plone 2.5.5 (Plone 3 coming soon)
– a new cleaner design – thanks Trollfot!
To download the release go to
For more specific details of changes see the changelog
A demo site with the improvements can be found here:
For a full list of features see https://plumi.org/features/
NEW PLUMI SITES
A number of organisations have implemented Plumi in the previous few months. These include…
– World Social Forum TV – http://wsftv.net
– CabTube – http://cabtube.cab.unipd.it/
– Africa on TV – http://www.africaontv.com/
– Contents Portal Shikoku – http://archive.ict-tokushima.jp/plumi/
Plumi 0.3 will include bittorrent functionality, user side enhancements to video pages, Transmission metadata standard, improved video transcoding and more. Upgrading to Plone 3 will be happening in the coming months also.
An Austrian group have recently launch a music video site based on Plumi. Screensessions.com is a platform for video artists and musicians to promote their work. The site includes a mix of video clips and live performances and aims to strengthen the multimedia presence of Austrian bands and musicians and support the local music community.
Transmission Asia-Pacific is a meeting of video activists and free software developers using online video distribution for social justice and media democracy.
Organised by EngageMedia and Ruangrupa TX-AP will bring together 50 people for five days on the edge of the Gede Pangrango National Park near Sukabumi, 120km from Jakarta. TX-AP will be a space for video makers to learn about free and open source video tools and interface with the technologists developing them. For developers it will be an opportunity to share skills and share code in order to be more effective. The meeting will allow developers to better understand the needs of video makers and for video makers to understand and contribute to the processes of development. TX-AP is a meeting of peers where everyone brings something to contribute.
Online video distribution is rapidly reshaping social change film making, huge opportunities now exist to distribute video work widely, independently and at minimal cost. The potential of online distribution to advance social justice, human rights, environmental and other causes is significant. With this in mind Transmission Asia-Pacific (TX-AP) aims to bring together free software web developers and video activists from throughout the region to share skills and forge collaborations.
The TX-AP meeting will link into the existing Transmission network. Transmission is a network of video activists, artists, researchers, programmers and web producers who are developing online video distribution tools for social justice and media democracy. The network aims to build the necessary tools, standards, documentation and social networks to make independent online distribution possible. http://transmission.cc
The core aims of the meeting are to
- build a regional network of online video web developers, online video projects and video makers who can work together into the future
- develop the skills of video activists in the areas of encoding, online distribution, open formats and Free software.
- develop and discuss new online video tactics in campaigning
- increase the uptake and collaboration around shared FOSS online video distribution tools such as Content Management Systems
- build upon existing Transmission projects such as translation tools, metadata standard, FOSS codecs, documentation etc. and their application in the region
- ensure programmers leave with an enhanced understanding of online video development, understanding of video makers needs and the ability to run video distribution software
Who should apply?
We’re looking for activist video makers, organisers and web-developers from the Asia-Pacific region. If you are a web developer you should have a keen interest in open source technologies, have some knowledge of software programming and preferably already be working with video. If you are a video maker you should already be accomplished in your field and have made several videos. We’re looking for video makers and web developers who will take back the skills they learn to their communities and pass them on.
How to Apply?
To apply to attend you need to fill out the online form here which you can find here:
We particularly encourage women to apply.
Please note that given the range of countries participants will be coming from English will be the main language used at the meeting. If you have any questions about the application form or the event you can contact the organisers here:
APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON MARCH 21
Why isn’t the meeting open?
Due to funding and venue limitations we’re not able to make the meeting open for anyone to attend. Apart from specific trainers and Transmission network project leads participants are restricted to the Asia-Pacific region. We are also committed to at least 1/3 of participants being women and that the meeting as a whole is representative of the region, ie that wealthier attendees from a couple of countries do not dominate the meeting.
Costs and Scholarships
There are a limited number of travel scholarships for people to attend. In the application form you should specify if you need a scholarship and why.
There is also a small, scaled attendance fee to help cover costs such as food an accommodation. This is either $75, $50 or $25. This fee can be waived if an attendee or organisation is unable to afford it. All food, accomodation and local transport will be covered for all attendees.
Transmission Asia-Pacific is supported by Hivos and the Open Society Institute.
More info: http://transmission.cc/txap
iCommons, the international network of free culture projects initiated by the Creative Commons project has employed Plumi to document video of the 2008 iSummit conference in Sapporo, Japan. iSummit 2008 brought together hundreds of people from forty countries involved in free culture, free software and open business covering topics such as open education, open publishing, DIY video and much more.
You can view video from the event on the iCommons video site. Click for the announcement of the site and details of its content.