Spread Open Media

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Spread Open Media/fr (ou SOM) a pour but de faire la promotion des différents formats de la Xiph.Org Foundation. Vous pouvez aider en créant ou modifiant le contenu du site officiel 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.

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 (Bjorn)
  • Clear and concise description / definition for open media formats, until now I focussed on using Bruce Perens' Open Standards definition (Bjorn)

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?) (Cameron)
    • Wordpress theme based on mockup by Ivo and Sebastian Kraft's pirate-smile logo (IVO)
  • When all accomplished, launch PR + news posting about this release (cameron)

Milestone 2

  • Prepare initial promotional campaigns
  • Tutorials about using / creating open media on multiple platforms
  • When all accomplished, launch PR + news posting about this release (cameron)

Milestone 3

  • When all accomplished, launch PR + news posting about this release

Milestone 4

  • When all accomplished, launch PR + news posting about this release

How to translate SOM content

This is easy. If you have a XiphWiki account (you may login through OpenID), go to the original page, say Spread Open Media/en/FAQ and replace "en" by whatever language you speak (e.g. nl for Dutch, pt for Portuguese, etc.)

If the link is Spread Open Media/en/It_is_a_nice_day, then it becomes Spread Open Media/fr/It_is_a_nice_day if you are translating to French. Then, at the top of the article, translate "It is a nice day" back to your language.

Don't forget to also sign at the end. Put a "Translated by " in your language so that you get appropriate credit.

You may also want to translate the site's interface.

See also