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    The first meeting of the project partners within CAPTCHA addresses the essential questions to open multimedia archives. What are the specific circumstances of the “open knowledge” sector to archive productions? How can free media actors and artists publish their contents to gain public visibility? Which social practices of multimedia actors should be displayed and investigated by the CAPTCHA research? The partners develop the thread for a qualitative questionnaire. The questionnaire will be the base for the research conducted by Kate Coyer and Joost van Beek in 2014.



  • CAPTCHA – Research Outline


    A short description by Joost van Beek

    As first component of the research, the Center is investigating and evaluating examples of collaborative online archives and interfaces, which either present community media-produced and -curated content or provide useful models relevant to community media. Through desk research and case studies, the researchers want to explore both past and current models, reviewing the scope of content and features offered as well as issues of structure, design, navigation and interactivity.

    A particular point of interest is the experience and prospects of international projects and archives. This review will help identify best practices – as well as examples of practices that have not functioned as well.


    A significant part of the research, however, will focus on processes and practices as well as products. How have successful models of functioning archives been realized? The Center is conducting interviews with people who have been directly involved with planning or building online archives, and with community media volunteers who work with them on a day-to-day basis as producers, editors or administrators. How do they organize the archive? Who plays what role in the archiving work flow? What training, guidance, moderation or archiving policies are needed? This way, we want to identify and evaluate different models of planning, action and collaboration. Specific attention will be paid to the question of how to develop archiving platforms and formats in sustainable ways, avoiding the pitfalls of project- and funding-dependent temporary initiatives, and taking into account the volunteer-based nature of community media.


    In order to evaluate the success of community media archiving models and the needs they need to meet, the Center will conduct survey research to recruit feedback from community media viewers and listeners as well as those actively involved themselves. What are their expectations from community media streams, downloads and archives? How do they use and interact with the sites, and how do they experience the ease of design and navigation of the site or sites they visit? What are their frustrations, and what would they still like to see?


    All research will be practice-oriented, tailored to the needs of community media practitioners and activists, and will be driven by the information needs that emerge during the workshops that are at the heart of the project. The research should be able to identify the specific priorities in access, process and presentation that apply to community media. It aims to arrive at recommendations that can inform the work of community media organizations which are planning to launch an online archive, or expand or review the archives they already run, as well as individual community media producers.

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  • The main question of the workshop is “What is nessesarry to create an archiving infrastructure within a community radio”? Which tools consider the specific circumstances of open knowledge production by media actors and artists? The workshop is conducted by the computer scientist and scientific documentalist Oliver Löwe from University of Freiberg. He introduces the participants to archiving tools and strategies of the public radio and public libraries. The goal of the meeting is to outline the requirements for a database tool, that considers the demands of open knowledge actors like the free radio station CORAX.

  • Seminar: What is worth Archiving?


    CAPTCHA Community Media Archiving Seminar & Workshops in Dublin on the 29th April 2014

    Near Media Co-Op in Dublin presented 29th april 2014 a half day seminar to discuss what is worth archiving and look at approaches to archiving. The event was particularly relevant to community and minority groups not represented in mainstream archiving.


    Programme of the Seminar “What is worth Archiving?”


    09.30am – Registration with tea/coffee

    10.00 – Chair of the event Ciaran Murray welcomes attendees and introduces the opening address from Kate Coyer from the Central European University in Budapest

    10.15 – Continuing to build a digital repository for Ireland and ways of prioritising material – Sandra Collins from the Digital Repository of Ireland

    10.30 – Connemara Community Radio Archive – Grainne O’Malley

    10.45 – The BAI Archive Scheme – what it is, what it does, how it can apply to you? Elizabeth Farrelly

    11.00 – The Importance of Local – Jack Byrne of the Near Media Co-Op

    11.15 – Question & Answers, audience & panel.

    11.35 – Break for coffee

    11.45 – Round table facilitations for comment feedback on what has been discussed so far

    12.15 – Break

    12.30 – Workshops – Choice of 1) Podcasting with Gavin Byrne or 2) How Machines Find Us with Dave Knox

    13.15 – Reconvene for compilation of comments/feedback/ review – this will form a report on the mornings activities for the CAPTCHA EU Culture Initiative

    13.30 – Lunch (served in the bar, first floor of Teachers Club)



    Speakers of the Seminar “What is worth Archiving”


    • Chaired by Ciaran Murray, Near Media Co-Op Overall Coordinator
    • Jack Byrne, former chairperson, Near Media Co-op and former President, AMARC Europe (European association of community media broadcasters)
    • Kate Coyer is the Executive Director of Central European University’s Centre for Media and Communication Studies in the School of Public Policy.
    • Dr Sandra Collins is the Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI).
    • Elizabeth Farrelly – Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
    • Grainne O’Malley – Station Manager, Connemara Community Radio
    • Gavin Byrne – fulltime IT coordinator with Near Media Co-Op
    • David Knox – Media Scientist



    Workshops of the Seminar “What is worth Archiving?”


    1. Podcasting by Gavin Byrne
    Gavin Byrne guided us through a ‘step by step guide to podcasting’ via WordPress. From installing a client to saving the file as mp3, uploading the audio, loading content such as text and visuals and tagging. This was a comprehensive guide in how to make a successful podcast. Gavin also covered audio hosting services soundcloud and mixcloud. Near FM have an extensive library of podcast material available at www.nearpodcast.org

    2. How do Machine’s find us by David Knox
    This workshop looked at how users find information on the internet, how they search and in turn how search engines work. It highlighted how and why search engines considering data (text/sound/video files etc) “good” or “worthy” and how they weigh the validity of this data. It also looked at how a user will submit data to a website so that it is found.


    50 people attended the event from 26 different Irish and European organisations like community radios and TVs, archives, universities, libraries, museums and others.


  • Video on “What is worth archiving?”


    A short video about the CAPTCHA Community Media Archiving Seminar & Workshops in Dublin

    Near TV filmed and edited a video of the half day event presented in Dublin – with some snippets of interviews with different people, people from the CAPTCHA team among others.

    You can watch the video here.

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  • What is worth Archiving – CAPTCHA Radio Show #2


    Talks and impressions from the second CAPTCHA project meeting in Dublin – by Georg Wellbrock

    The Dublin meeting was organised and hosted by project partner Near Media Co-Op, who brought together several stakeholders from different organisations interested in topics regarding online archiving.

    NearMedia invited to a workshop in Dublin. The topic: “What is worth archiving”. More than 50 people from various social, cultural or political institutions participated and discussed.




    In this show you will hear some acustic impressions from Dublin, eg. the visit of the community radio NearFM, whose founder Jack Byrne (NearMedia) reports about the history of the station. Gavin Byrne (NearMedia) tells us how NearFM is archiving their shows and introduce us in the online podcasting system.





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  • ARCHIVIA 14: Online Archives for Cultural Diversity in Europe!


    The two day international CAPTCHA conference “ARCHIVIA 14″ will take place on 6-7 September 2014 in the framework of this year’s Ars Electronica Festival in Linz (Austria).

    It will bring together experts and representatives from the academic and political world, from both Austria and elsewhere in Europe, to discuss the precarious situation of online archives. Operating in a dynamic, yet to fully develop field where copyright protection and the public right of free access to information meet and clash, these archives face a range of legal, cultural and economic challenges. ARCHIVIA 14 presents a forum with lectures, panel discussions and workshops to discuss topical issues and develop concepts for solutions.



    Focus on European projects

    In 2012, the ARCHIVIA conference already focused extensively on the challenges of digitizing archives, and the impact of digitalization on the legal questions surrounding archive material. This year, Archivia 2014 will in particular highlight examples of current and past online archiving projects from around Europe, what can be learnt from these experiences, and what best practices can be identified.


    Invitation for participation

    ARCHIVIA 2014 invites private and public libraries, museums and archives from all over Europe to take part. Come share your ideas and experiences on how online archives can deal with the challenges at hand, present your plans and projects, and discuss possible solutions and scenarios going forward! The conference will address both a professional audience and the broader, interested public.




    Online archives for cultural diversity in Europe!

    The conference aims to increase public awareness of the social relevance of digital online platforms in Europe. In our view, online archives will be a key tool for the dissemination, preservation and promotion of the diverse cultural heritage of Europe in the future.



    Proposals for lectures or workshops, containing a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words, should be submitted in English or German (preferably as PDF file) at http://www.archivia.at/?lang=en. The submission deadline is 31 July 2014. For more information, contact Dr. Joachim Losehand, office@archiva.at.






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  • CAPTCHA at Civilmedia14


    The CAPTCHA project participated in Civilmedia14 UnConference for Community Media & Civil Society in Salzburg, Austria, on May 29-31

    CEU researcher Joost van Beek talked with several participants and hosted a small discussion session for community media practitioners to talk about how their stations share their programs online, what issues they face, what tools they use, how they organize the work flow and what lessons they have learnt.

    The practitioners from Denmark, Switzerland and Austria who took part in the session discussed challenges related to the differing scope of copyright that applies online, the advantages and disadvantages of having designated (staff) persons take on the responsibility for archiving versus encouraging all volunteers to upload their programs, and successful strategies for motivating and training volunteers to do so.


    Most of all, the discussion brought home how divergent the capacities of different stations are, and how ‘best practice’ recommendations must be tailored to existing possibilities, however modest. Working on a non-profit basis with mostly volunteers, community media have to grapple with particularly pronounced choices in how, what and where to archive. In this context, attendees discussed the tension between the practical advantages and strategic disadvantages of using third-party online services like Soundcloud, Mixcloud and Vimeo.


    Such services provide easy-to-use, low-cost ways to upload and share materials, which can function as convenient shortcuts when the time, cost and know-how required for archive and website design, volunteer training and hosting packages are in scarce supply. They also provide low-threshold statistical info and sharing options. Their limited categorization options are geared for sharing rather than archiving purposes, however. Perhaps most importantly, relying on such services means a station becomes dependent on an external, commercial party for the online preservation and availability of its programs as well as the living archives built around them, from tags to audience interactions. The long-term existence of these services is not guaranteed, as MySpace has demonstrated, and instead of being able to freely develop new archive functions or interfaces, a station becomes in part reliant on corporate development choices beyond its control.


    Nevertheless, their attraction for especially small community stations is self-evident, and their use fits within a broader trend of even much larger organizations delegating functions like search and mapping on their websites to commercial third-party applications. Moreover, even if a station doesn’t use them officially, individual program makers will, potentially creating diasporas of content. The experience of one of the stations attending the small discussion therefore underlined the need to make consistent choices about what to upload where, use embedding options to optimize the accessibility of programs, and present clear information to website visitors.


    You can find the photo documentation of the Civilmedia14 UnConference here.




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  • ARCHIVIA 14: Detailed programme and online streaming


    We would like to welcome you to the international CAPTCHA conference “ARCHIVIA 14″ which will take place on 6-7 September 2014 during this year’s Ars Electronica Festival in Linz (Austria).

    If you can not be there in person you will still be able to follow the conference online. All talks and panel discussions (audio and video) will be streamed live. All sections will be either held in English or translated to English. Click for the detailed programme and the address of the streaming site.

    At the intersection of the authors’ rights and the public’s interest in free access to information the ARCHIVIA 14 conference will raise questions on legal and cultural-economic challenges and solutions for online archives. With workshops, presentations and talks ARCHIVIA 14 will open a forum for current challenges and timely solutions.



    Conference programme (Location: Wissensturm)



    6th September 2014


    9:30 AM

    Registration and breakfast (with friendly support by Open Commons Region Linz)


    10:00 AM

    Welcome and introduction


    10:30 AM

    Brave new world! Challenges and strategies of online archives and repositories (Maria Seissl, Head of the Service Department for Libraries and Archives at the University Vienna)


    11:30 AM



    12:30 AM



    1:30 PM

    Lunch break


    2:30 PM

    “Preserving cultural heritage in the digital information society” – Panel discussion about the actual practices of archives, media centers and libraries with Gerhard Baumgartner (Dokumentationsarchiv des österr. Widerstands), Julia Fallon (Stiftung Europeana), Max Kaiser (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek) and Hermann Lewetz (Österreichische Mediathek). Moderation: Anna Masoner (ORF Ö1)



    7th September 2014:


    10:00 AM

    Registration and brunch


    10:30 AM

    A National Library for the 21st Century – Content and services in The Digital Library (Roger Jøsevold,  Nationalbibliothek  Norway, Oslo)


    11:15 AM

    Copyright and cultural heritage – a construct between reality and fiction (Paul Klimpel, iRights Lab Kultur. Berlin)


    12:00 AM

    Memory institutions, online archives and copyright (Felix Trumpke, OLG Frankfurt/Main)


    12:45 PM

    Lunch break


    1:45 PM

    Mass-digitization and (extended) collective licensing: the way forward? (Stef van Gompel, Institute for Information Law, Amsterdam)


    2:30 PM

    Electronic Reading Terminals – ECJ Case TU Darmstadt vs. Eugen Ulmer in its European Context (Diana Ettig, Hogan Lovells, Frankfurt/Main)


    3:30 PM

    “New framework conditions for the accessibility of cultural heritage” – Panel discussion about the legal framework conditions and the possibility of their improvement in the digital information society with Diana Ettig (Hogan Lovells, Frankfurt/Main), Stef van Gompel (Institute for Information Law, Amsterdam), Roger Jøsevold (Nationalbibliothek Norway, Oslo), Paul Klimpel (iRights Lab Kultur, Berlin) and Felix Trumpke (Legal intern at OLG Frankfurt/Main)

    Moderation: Leonhard Dobusch (Professor for organisational theory, FU Berlin)



    You can follow the talks and panel discussions online on http://www.archivia.at/live-streaming/



    For more information please visit http://www.archivia.at/?lang=en


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  • The Oral History Archive “wendefokus.de” about the year 1989 in Halle by Radio CORAX is online


    The audio-visual archive about the year 1989 in Halle/Saale (Germany) is called wendefokus.de: Throughout several months, the Free Radio in Halle, Radio CORAX, hosted very personal discussions and conversations about life in the GDR, and more specifically, about the idea that the socio-political conditions in the GDR necessarily demanded a substantial change. In these conversations, witnesses… Read more »

    The audio-visual archive about the year 1989 in Halle/Saale (Germany) is called wendefokus.de: Throughout several months, the Free Radio in Halle, Radio CORAX, hosted very personal discussions and conversations about life in the GDR, and more specifically, about the idea that the socio-political conditions in the GDR necessarily demanded a substantial change. In these conversations, witnesses give reports about the way they perceived 1989, they tell us how they experienced the time between the fall of the wall and the “reunification”. They tell the story of citizens for whom the old laws no longer and the new ones were not yet applicable; of open spaces that got lost again; of the spirit that claimed GDR socialism was reformable; the story of the gap between individual experience and collective memory of this very period. Besides well-known personalities of today, the Radio Archive Wendefokus also offers a platform to people that are heard less often but nevertheless have a lot to contribute to this memory, enabling them to speak out about that time. The now-published discussions are supplemented on wendefokus.de by analysis and background reports.




    Das Oral History Archiv “wendefokus.de” von Radio CORAX über die Zeit vor und um 1989 ist online: Das freie Radio in Halle, Radio Corax, fragte über Monate in zumeist sehr per­sön­li­chen Gesprä­chen nach der Lebens­si­tua­tion und der Vor­stel­lung von not­wen­di­ger Ver­än­de­rung der Ver­hält­nisse in der DDR. Zeit­zeu­gen und Zeit­zeu­gin­nen berich­ten über das Jahr 1989, erzäh­len, wie sie die Zeit zwi­schen Mau­er­fall und “Wie­der­ver­ei­ni­gung” erlebt haben. Sie erzäh­len von Bür­gern, für die die alten Gesetze nicht mehr und die neuen noch nicht gal­ten, von Frei­räu­men, die auch wie­der ver­lo­ren gegan­gen sind, vom Geist eines refor­mier­ba­ren DDR-Sozialismus, von der Kluft zwi­schen indi­vi­du­el­ler Erfah­rung und kol­lek­ti­ver Erin­ne­rung an die Zeit. Neben heute bekann­ten Per­sön­lich­kei­ten Hal­les fin­den auch Per­so­nen Gehör, die sonst wenig zu Wort kom­men und den­noch eini­ges zu erzäh­len haben. Ergänzt wer­den die hier nun ver­öf­fent­lich­ten Gesprä­che durch Ana­ly­sen und Hintergrundberichte.





    FREITAG, 28.10.2014, Wahre Demokratie von Michael Suckow

    NEUES DEUTSCHLAND, 30.10.2014, Erinnerung und Unbehagen. Radio Corax hat Interviews online gestellt, in denen Zeitzeugen über das Ende der DDR reflektieren von Ralf Hutter

    Kraftfuttermischwerk.de, 7.10.2014, Über 100 Interviews: Radio Corax’ Wendefokus – Persönliche Blicke auf den Herbst ’89

    Hallesche Störung, Wendefokus geht online


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  • Workshop: Online Publishing and Archiving in Community Media


    A two-day international workshop on the 24th and 25th of February 2015 in Halle/Saale, Germany

    The article “Community Media Broadcasters in Germany and online archiving” by Joost van Beek caused various discussions among the project partners on audiovisual archiving processes.



    The main questions were and are “What is worth archiving?”, “What is worth republishing?”, “How do we edit material to rebroadcast it or to archive it?”, “Which innovative ways do people use to connect the content of an online archive with further websites and other archives?”.


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    Inspired by the various questions that arose, we developed a workshop to go more into detail and to think about new ways and innovative alternatives to publish and share content. Beyond that we focused on the possibilities of transferring the knowhow about innovative practices to people who use audio-visual archives and/or radio archives.


    Participants joined from Radio Student in Ljubljana, Central European University in Budapest, Radio FRO in Linz and Radio CORAX in Halle.



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  • Preliminary Program for the Conference „Radio Archives in European Community Media“


    5-6 June 2015, Radio CORAX, Halle/Saale (Germany)

    On th 5th and th 6th of June 2015 we´ll hold the close-up conference „Radio Archives in European Community Media“ at Radio CORAX in Halle/Saale, Germany. A detailed program will be published in the beginning of May. Here you find a first overview of the speakers and their topics.





    The conference is free of charge. There will be German and English translation. We ask for registration till end of May. If you are interested to join the conference and need further information, please don´t hesitate to contact us: info@livingarchives.eu





    Dagmar Brunow, Universität Växjö, Schweden:

    “Radio Archiving Practice. Remediating Sonic Memories”


    Jacob Kreutzfeldt, University of Copenhagen, Denmark:

    “LARM Audio Research Archive – Opening radio heritage for research use”


    Caroline Mitchell, University of Sunderland, UK:

    “Re-sounding feminist radio: using radio archives as transnational connectors”


    Kate Coyer and Joost van Beek, Central European University Budapest, Hungary:

    “Study on Archiving in European Community Media”


    Ingo Leindecker, cba.fro.at and Radio FRO, Austria: “UVisualize! – Visualisation tool for open archives”



    Best Practice Presentations


    1) Berat Gashi: Radio Urban FM, Prishtina, Kosovo

    2) Marko Doles and Andraž Magajna: “30 years rolled by: Archiving physical archives of oldest European non-commercial student radio station Radio Študent Ljubljana”

    3) Jose Maria Casanova and Fernando Souto, Community Radio of A Coruña: “From manual analogical recording to Radioco, our Free Software automatic digital archiving of live broadcasting system at CUAC FM”

    4) Daniele Fisichella: Future Radio (Norwich, UK): “Current archiving methods at Future Radio”

    5) Franck Pohu (Sillé le Guillaume), France: “Archiving at Frequence Sille since 2003″

    6) Albert Noguer & Jean-Paul Gambier, Federación de las Radios Asociativas no Comerciales del Languedoc-Roussillon (FRANC-LR), France: “Digitalisation, indexing and publication of the archives of the Community Radios in Languedoc-Roussillon”





    Jose M. Casanova, Community Radio of A Coruña, Spain:

    “How to setup your internet streaming to record and archive your audio streams.”



    Round Table Discussion


    “Open Community Radio Archives of the future”



    Radio Programme


    We provide a monthly radio show about community archiving on the Cultural Broadcasting Archive: http://cba.fro.at/series/captcha-documentations-series. During the conference we´ll provide a special programme with interviews and news from the conference via live stream:

    Wednesday, 3rd June, 3.10 pm – 5 pm

    Thursday, 4th June, 3.10 pm – 6 pm

    Friday, 5th June, 3.10 pm – 4 pm



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  • Future Memories of the Community Media


    A short summery of the CAPTCHA Close-Up Conference

    The CAPTCHA close-up conference took place in the framework of the European collaborative project CAPTCHA Creative Approaches to Living Cultural Archives on 5-6 June 2015 in Halle, Germany with over 50 participants.

    by Georg Wellbrock


    How will we remember the history and the sound of today’s community radios in the future, and what in particular will we remember about them? How are free radio stations recording and documenting their programmes?


    The content being created by free radio stations across Europe is often only partially or intermittently documented and archived, and only a small percentage of these broadcasts is available online as podcast.


    We collected best practices of archiving methods, asked radio activists to present their online tools or other software systems which has been developed to save audio content.


    Please feel free to listen and spread the audio recordings of the presentations:


    Radio Archiving Practice. Remediating Sonic Memories  by Dagmar Brunow, Universität Växjö, Sweden


    LARM Audio Research Archive – Opening radio heritage for research use  by Jacob Kreutzfeldt, University of Copenhagen


    Re-sounding feminist radio: using radio archives as transnational connectors  by Caroline Mitchell, University of Sunderland, UK


    Bold strides or tentative steps? How community media share and archive content online  by Joost van Beek & Kate Coyer, Central European University Budapest, Hungary


    Radio Urban FM, Prishtina, Kosovo  by Berat Gashi, Radio Urban FM, Prishtina, Kosovo


    30 years rolled by: Archiving physical archives of oldest European non-commercial student radio station Radio Študent Ljubljana  by Marko Doles & Andraž Magajna, MTLRŠ, Ljubljana, Slovenia


    From manual analogical recording to Radioco, our Free Software automatic digital archiving of live broadcasting system at CUAC FM  by Jose Maria Casanova, Fernando Souto & Isabel Lema Blanco, CUAC FM, A Coruña, Spain


    Our current archiving method  by Daniele Fisichella & Amy Nomvula Smith, Future Radio, Norwich, UK


    Programme calendar as archive: calcms  by Milan Chrobok, Pi Radio, Berlin, Germany


    UVisualize! – Visualisation tool for open archives  by Ingo Leindecker, Radio FRO, Linz, Austria


    Archiving at Frequence Sille since 2003  by Frank Pohu and Fréquence Sillé, Sillé le Guillaume, France


    Taxonomie der sonoren Ordnung  an artistic performance by Lale Rodgarkia-Dara & Karl Schönswetter, Vienna, Austria


    Preserving audio memories – A discussion about the prospects and demands of free radio archives  a round table discussion with Ingo Leindecker from the Cultural Broadcasting Archive (Austria), Ralf Wendt from Radio CORAX (Germany), Dagmar Brunow from the Universität Växjö (Sweden), and Joost van Beek from Central European University (Hungary)



    Please find some visual impressions and detailed informations on the conference on our conference website.

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