Streaming Media Europe presentation

Presentation at Streaming Media Europe 2006 about Managing Digital Assets, taking Digital Storytelling as a case study, by Gareth Morlais – BBC Wales Digital Storytelling.
Digital Stories are two minute personal films created by the storyteller, using their own photos words and voice.

Slide 1 – The Any List
Rights management becomes easier if you brief authors before production. Digital Storytelling is no different to any other form of content production. Here’s the advice we give:

ANY photos or clips of ‘other people’s children’?
ANY sensitive issue involving a third party in relation to violence, abuse, sexuality, unhappy family background, marital problems, privacy, fairness, etc. which might cause hurt to them or to anyone else now or in the future?
ANY more than 30 seconds of commercial music?
ANY non-commercial music by family or friends?
ANY photos by anyone other than you, your family or friends?
ANY scans or images from newspaper or magazine articles, CD or book covers, the internet, works of art, etc?
ANY grabs or clips of any video other than your family home videos?
ANY scans of maps?
ANY quotes, poems or lines of text written by other people outside your own family?
ANY libellous content?
ANY company brands named or shown?
FINALLY has the impact of your story on the safety of other people, especially children and young people, been considered?

Workflow from submission to publication:
If a video clip (Digital Story) is submitted from outside the publishing organisation, establish ownership, formalise partnership and reach agreement regarding relationship and licensing. View and assess the clip, conduct a rights audit, but don’t clear rights yet. For chosen clips, get consents needed to exhibit (rights-holder’s, storyteller’s and also parents/guardians of under-18s). Clear rights and address other third party issues, then publish. Finally, inform storyteller it’s live.

SLIDE 2 – Dream Deliverables
When it comes to physically managing the assets, here’s a model called Dream Deliverables which we’re looking at for Digital Storytelling:

One data DVD containing three files:
1. full-sized movie file
2. text transcript
3. metadata.txt

Example of content of metadata.txt:

1. statement of copyright holder
2. storyteller name + contact details
3. OK to pass on story + contact details?
4. copyright log
5. any under-18s identifiable?
6. etc.

I showed the following three Digital Stories:

Dai Evans – Two Families

Amy Broadstock – Wintergreen Allan Jeffreys – A Dog’s Life

scrapbooking photo
Photo by CarbonNYC [in SF!]
Written and first published by Gareth Morlais on 17 October 2006.

Mass Media 2.0

Today, we’re still in the first phase of broadcasting in Britain: Mass Media 1.0, where the content agenda is being firmly ruled by the broadcasters. Currently, broadcasters’ portfolios are being drawn up by too few people and audiences are not yet getting a diverse and surprising enough portrayal of life on their TV screens. What we need on TV in Britain is to make the change to Mass Media 2.0, where the audience originates a higher percentage of the broadcaster’s ‘agenda’.

We’ll then be in a position where broadcasters are more able to act as facilitators, commissioners, and clearing/publishing houses for content made and submitted by their audiences, as well as authoring their own content.The Mass Media 2.0 environment will offer individuals a voice on the mass media which has been less-mediated and less-filtered by the broadcasters.

Practically, when Mass Media 2.0 happens, there’ll be hundreds – maybe thousands – of people around Britain who are trained, equipped and incentivised to submit content to broadcasters. And their work will be being enjoyed and valued by the broadcasters’ audiences. Broadcasters also be publishing licensed content from its formal partnership organisations in the community, as well as by independent producers. The challenge will be to devise inclusive media forms which make it possible for almost anyone to make their contribution; inclusive forms like Digital Storytelling.

the people photo
Photo by davebloggs007

Written and first published by Gareth Morlais on 10 October 2006.

Slaves tell their stories

Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves. Arkansas Narratives Part 3. Published Washington 1941

William Guess, Memphis, was 68 when interviewed by Irene Robertson Persons in the late 1930s:
“I was born in Monroe County, Arkansas. Father come from Dallas, Texas when a young man before he married. Him and two other men was shipped in a box to Indian Bay. I’ve heard him and Ike Jimmerson laugh how they got bumped and bruised, hungry and thirsty in the box. I forgot the name of the other man in the box. They was sent on a boat and changed boats where they got tumbled up so bad. It was in slavery or war times one. White folks nailed them up and opened them up too I think.”

Online audio recording tools

If you want to post an audio blog on the move or are desperate to record a voice track for a digital story, but don't have access to voice recording facilities on the computer you're using, here are three sites which will let you record audio via your phone: – The free package seems to offer plenty. You can use London voicemail number 0207 1002530 (UK, London number with very smarmy voice asking for account number) and VoIP. – Free. Two ways of making an audio file: uploading your own mp3 file and dialling a US phone number. There's podsafe music available for use too. – This is only free for seven days; it's 5-50 UDS/month thereafter. You can either phone in, use VoIP or upload a file you've recorded locally on your own computer.

The sites all have ways of publishing what you record as an audio blog. At first glance, Gabcast looks the most promising, because of that UK phone number. I haven't registered with any of these, so I don't know whether or not they have online audio editing tools. I haven't studied the terms and conditions either – I'd like to check where the ownership of the completed audio rests.

Source for the three links: