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This listserv will be used to facilitate communication among alternative media academics <[log in to unmask]>
Elvira Truglia <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 12 Aug 2008 10:09:06 -0400
To: [log in to unmask] cc: Wilna Quarmyne <[log in to unmask]>
Elvira Truglia <[log in to unmask]>
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Dear all,

I echo Gabi's comments - the OM7 programme looks great. I couldn't attend
this year but am definitely with you in spirit!

As Gabi has reported in a number of e-mails, at OM6 in Sydney, a number
of working groups (WG) were set up to follow-up on different issues/tasks
related to the OM network:

WG1: Organizing structure ('OURgovernance')
WG2: Communications Infrastructure
WG3: Next Conference

I agreed to facilitate WG2 - Communications Infrastructure.

As a reminder about the rationale for setting up a communications working
group -- as explained at the OURFuture meeting at OM6 in Syndey, the
communications infrastructure has been put together piece meal over the last
number of years and has gotten very messy. The idea of the working group is
to hopefully tidy things up. The housecleaning list includes: server
hosting, mailing lists, wiki, web sites (conference & network), translation
of content, and more.

Here's what we've done since Syndey:
-Set up mailing lists for each working group (currently hosted on
Clemencia's university server - https://lists.ou.edu/)
-Set up a new OURMEDIA WEb site (http://Ourmedianet.org) using an
interactive content management system (Drupal) (thanks to Russell Kerr!!)
-Decided on a new ISP - http://www.ecohosting.net/ (Ecohosting is a socially
responsible ISP in Montreal, Canada)
-Decided on a funding the new ISP through individual contributions by
members of the working group (thanks to all who volunteered to contribute!)

Still to be done (in progress):
-finish transferring content to the new site
-finish Spanish version of the new site
-ensure transfer of web site content to the new ISP
-ensure follow-up on contributions for setting up new ISP
-set up current mailing lists on the new ISP and transfer e-mail addresses

Questions for OM7 in Ghana:
-pass the ball on coming up with a system for funding the ISP in the future
-are you happy with the work of the WG2 so far and shall we continue?
-does anyone else have time and energy to contribute?

Current members of the WG2 (joined in Sydney or during the last year)
Leo Berkeley
Ampara Cadavid
John Downing
Alfonso Gumucio Dragon
Usha Harris
Deborah Heimann
Faheem Hussain
Russell Kerr
Dorothy Kidd
Stefania Milan
Frederick Noronha
Geraldine Peters
Jethro Pettit
Clemencia Rodriguez
Juan Salazar
Verena Thomas
Elvira Truglia
Adelaida Trujillo

Wishing you all a great conference and looking forward to hearing about how
everything went!!!


Elvira Truglia

p.s. if someone could translate this message into Spanish, it would be
greatly appreciated!

p.p.s. Wilna - could you include this in the discussions in the OURFuture meetings in Ghana? (Russell - maybe you could speak on behalf of our working group?)

----- Original Message -----
From: "G G" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2007 1:58 PM
Subject: [E] Updates from Working Groups?

> Hi OUR MEDIA friends-
> I see from the Conference
> Organizing Group that plans are getting concrete for the next conference.
> Could we have a quick update from this working group and the others?
> persons... Clemencia, elvira, gabi, jethro.
> Details on working groups and possible projects is pasted below from our
> wiki.
> G
> ====================================================
> http://om6.engagemedia.org/index.php/Working_Groups
> ====================================================
> Working Groups
> Since 2004 OURMedia/NUESTROS Medios had been organized through the
> committee' list . However, it became clear that one group is not enough.
> the OURFuture Plenary in Sydney, a system of Working Groups was set up.
> working groups organized through listservs and document their work on wiki
> pages (collectively edited webpages like this one). Any ourmedia member is
> free to join, read archives and/or comment.
> --> to join a working group, contact the facilitator
> --> to check what the working groups have been doing, go to the archive
> wiki page of each list
> OURMedia Plenary List
> This is the OURmedia 'Virtual Plenary' to which all OURMedia Members are
> subscribed.
> Facilitator: Clemencia Rodriguez e-mail: clemencia (AT) ou.edu
> List address= Ourmedia-l (at) lists.ou.edu
> Archives: http://lists.ou.edu/archives/ourmedia-l.html
> Central Coordinating List
> The old 'steering committee' list will probably be used to coordinate the
> working groups. Details to be discussed by WG1.
> WG1: Organizing structure ('OURgovernance')
> facilitators G_abi H_adl email: k70 (AT) mac.com , Janey Gordon;
> List Address: OMIVOUTREACH (AT) lists.ou.edu ;
> WG1 List Archives
> WG1 Wiki
> WG2: Communication Infrastructure
> facilitator E_lvira T_ruglia e-mail: e_truglia(AT)sympatico.co
> List address: OMIVANNOUNCE(AT)lists.ou.edu
> WG2 List Archives
> WG2 Wiki
> WG3: Next Conference
> facilitator Clemencia Rodriguez e-mail: clemencia (AT) ou.edu
> List address= OMIVPROGRAM (at) lists.ou.edu
> WG3 List Archives
> WG3 Wiki
> WG4: Funding, Publications & Special Projects
> facilitator: Jethro Pettit e-maiL J.Pettit (AT) ids.ac.uk
> List address TBA
> List Archives TBA
> WG4 Wiki
> Other issues that await addressing and/or working group formation:
> outreach e.g. to specific geographies, to our own home constituencies
> (raised at Sydney Plenary)
> discussion on outreaching more, e.g. absence of aboriginal peoples (at
> Plenary)
> name confusion with ourmedia.org (longstanding unresolved issue)
> annoted Bibliography of ourmedia related books and people
> OURMediaPedia?) -- suggestion by lisa.stefanoff(AT)nyu.edu 4/2007
> ----------------
> ----------------------
> * Working Groups Wiki
> http://om6.engagemedia.org/index.php/Working_Groups
> Please check this site periodically and make changes as necessary. :)
> * Check periodically what's happening in other ourmedia working groups:
> http://om6.engagemedia.org/index.php/Working_Groups
> *  OURMedia/NUESTROSMedios Main Site:
> A network of alternative, community & citizens media research and practice
> http://Ourmedianet.org
> * 6th Conference: Sydney, April 9-13, 2007 : http://www.ourmedia07.net/
> * 6th Conference Documentation: http://om6.engagemedia.org/