Spread Open Media

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Spread Open Media (or SOM) is a project to promote the different Xiph.Org Foundation formats. You may help create or edit content in the official site by making edits in this wiki.

Why Open Media Matters

  • You can use, modify, and distribute Free software for open formats without needing permission from (or paying royalties to) software patent holders.
  • It has equal or better quality compared with formats that stuff DRM up your nose and get you sued in court.
  • You can share media files across P2P and different operating systems, and it will work on those computers because the specification of the formats are open.
  • No matter your needs, be it music, speech, video, playlists, or slideshows: open media will cover them.
  • If you help spread the word, then you will see more support and compatibility in portable players, which will benefit everyone.
  • You can buy music or videos online, and they won't be crippled with DRM.
  • You can save your bandwidth in case you author podcasts or stream content, and those will have better quality than when using proprietary formats.
  • The more people that use open media, the better formats you can expect in the future, so if you use open media you are making the world a little bit of a better place.
  • It's one of those little things that make you feel happier.
  • We'll lose our job if you don't use open media, and if we lose our job, I'll shoot this little bunny that I'm holding right now. I'M SERIOUS; DON'T MAKE ME KILL THE LITTLE BUNNY.

Idea Map


Milestone 0

  • (DONE) Get accounts to key developers
  • (DONE) Fill out this wiki with information from our discussions and slides
  • Explanation of what spread open media is and what not (in multiple languages?)
  • Examples of best practices such as an interview I did with SJ Klein for the OLPC
  • Clear and concise description / definition for open media formats, until now I focussed on using Bruce Perens' Open Standards definition (ivo)
  • Tutorials about using / creating open media on multiple platforms
  • When all accomplished, launch PR + news posting about this release (cameron)

Milestone 1

  • blog 10 posts using the tags and standards setup (Cameron + Jon + Bjorn + Ivo)
  • A nice looking theme for the website (keep multiple languages in mind?)
    • Wordpress theme based on mockup by Ivo and Sebastian Kraft's pirate-smile logo (IVO)

Milestone 2

  • Prepare initial promotional campaigns.

Milestone 3

  • Add your point here!

Milestone 4

  • Add your point here!