In fall 2015 I started La ràdio és lliure, a project where radio programmes were uploaded to Commons. Besides, I also strated La Represa, an interview programme designed specifically to be reused in Commons and Wikimedia Projects. In three years (and with the help of some collaborators) We got about 100 interviews from relevant people from the Land of Valencia, and even some international activists. Those interviews were used to illustrate articles about specific issues, biographies and more. And also were used as references.
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
We will learn how the community (mainly in the Catalan Wikipedia, but also in the Spanish Wikipedia in a smaller degree) has already put in practise the use of multimedia knowledge. Without the need of changing any rule about Wikipedia, the use of not written knowledge is a real possibility. Also, it is possible to use Commons to something else than to storage Wikipedia files. Even despite its limitations, Commons can be a podcast repository. It is, indeed. One not very practical, but it has been already used to store podcast, as I've done.
In short: We would be able to know what has been done so far in terms of multimedia knowledge, and from that experience We should be able to identify the limitations found, needs to fill and future new goals.
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
In a world where the people tends to read less, multimedia knowledge is needed. Also, there are users who may have difficulties to read, and even there may be knowledge appropiate for an encyclopedia that may be unpractical to translate into the written language.
This project was born having in mind some issues strongly related with "Multimedia Knowledge" and specially, with 4 and 10 (Quality education and Reduced Inequalities). The second point is also related to Growing Wikimedia's Readership.
- The Radio Project was born in Valencia in 2015, when there was no Public broadcasting system in the region. There was a shortage in the creation of multimedia materials in Valencian (the Catalan language as Spoken in Valencia) and an interview podcast was a fast and easy way to have more content.
- Catalan language has been official in Valencia for almost 40 years, but the implentation of that officiality was troubled by pollitical issues. In result, some Valencians are native speakers of the language even despite that they don't use Catalan-written materials because they aren't used to read their own language. The use of spoken material was good to offer the Catalan-wikipedia users quality material that they could understand, no matter how good were their reading skills.
- Despite our "privileged" situation, our example can help to users of minority languages with worse multimedia presence or even more difficult context for written language than ours.
- Diversity: lots of the people interviewed are activists. Or University professors, or researchers. People who received some media attention but never had a space about one hour-long to talk, in a relaxed way, about their thoughts. Nobody ever gave them a space to develop ideas. We reduced inequalities in terms of access into media, and allowed the creation of multimedia content about biographies or issues that hadn't been previously being covered is such a deep way.
- Most of the interviews were done in collaboration with local radios (municipal-owned) and university stations. So, most of the interviews were recorded without the need of buying any material. It can be very cheap to produce this kind of content.
The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
- Panel with audience Question & Answer session
The session will work best with these conditions:
- Room: Projector+Screen. The projector must be able to play audio, with a good sound condition if possible
- Audience: No prior skills needed.
- Recording: Can be filmed, and a single located camera can be enough. Of course, must be shared with free licences.