Nothing to see here – just a webcam-view of an audio podcast being recorded (and it’s in Irish as well) – but it’s an indication of the direction in which I’m moving.
Archive for the ‘ireland’ category
Edgecast Media originated from a single podcast, An tImeall, which grew into a powerful idea: that specialised interests such as the Irish Language could be served in a uniquely effective manner using the subscription web model and online social media.
The idea became a company, and over the last few months, some of the practical issues of starting a business took priority over other activities, including An tImeall.
I’m delighted to announce that yesterday An tImeall resumed (MP3) a weekly podcast schedule. As before, it incorporates a weekly column on blogs and social media which is also syndicated in the Irish language daily newspaper Lá Nua.
Both An tImeall and An Líonra Sóisialta, have achieved major recognition for Edgecast Media, winning five awards in the past two years. But that’s not the only reason why they are of core importance to the company. Every business needs a vision – a Big Idea. An tImeall is the embodiment of our Big Idea: that the edge can be the centre; that anyone can be a publisher (or a broadcaster); and that the most effective way to find an audience – or a market – is to look for a community.
An tImeall is a labour of love, with the goal of promoting the Irish language and encouraging its use online. The blog and podcast are syndicated under a Creative Commons Licence (Attribution Noncommercial 3.0). If you run a non-profit radio station, website or printed publication, you are free to republish any of hundreds of podcast episodes or blog posts as long as you attribute them to imeall.com. (If you decide to do so, please let me know so that I can link back to you.)
Commercial terms are, of course, available on request.
Krishna De raised the question over at the Irish podcasters group. What about an Irish PodCamp? We’ve actually had two events already: piggy-backed on Barcamp Waterford and on the Irish Blog Awards, but maybe it’s time to have a stand-alone event – perhaps a half-day?
There are a lot of questions to be answered before something like this can happen. The first question is: Who? Who would like to attend?
The discussion has begun at PodRepBod. And in the grand tradition of podcamps, barcamps and unconferences I’ve started a wiki. If you would be interested in attending PodCampIreland, depending where and when it is held, please visit podcamp.pbwiki.com/PodCampIreland and put your name on the list of attendees.
Yesterday I received a “DMCA notice” from YouTube informing me that a video I had posted of a TG4 news report on the launch of my radio series, An Líonra Sóisialta, had been removed by them, at the request of a company called Servecast Ltd, who alleged copyright infringement.
A quick search of YouTube (Gaeilge+TG4) reveals that several more videos of TG4 programmes which had been posted by other users have similarly been deleted.
It would appear that Servecast have a deal with TG4 for the online rights to their programmes – or else they are agents acting on TG4′s behalf. Whois records indicate that Servecast operate the tg4.tv domain used for TG4′s Web TV.
This follows a recent similar action by the American entertainment company Viacom to defend its intellectual property on the video-sharing site.
I didn’t catch the name of the guest but he was explaining to Ciarán, the presenter, the problem faced by many telephone subscribers who are saddled with the legacy of split lines (also known as carrier lines or multiplexed lines). Some of you might recall I also had this problem.
The reason I called was to inform listeners that it is actually possible (although difficult) to get Eircom to remedy the issue. In fact, I’ve been meaning to blog this for the last couple of months: my own “split line” issue was resolved in January.
Imeall #173 suffers from a little overmodulation. I was trying out a new setup. If you’re here for the podcasting tips, it’s an example of what not to do. (See here for my Barcamp talk on audio quality.)
It’s listenable though and, as usual, it includes this week’s Lá Nua column. This week I’m talking about blogger meetups, Barcamps, Geek Dinners and the Irish Blog Awards. It seems as if these have gathered pace in the past few months. Right now we are spoiled for choice.
Since the column went to press, there’s been a BarCamp explosion, with plans being discussed for meetings in Cork, Dublin and Galway. Bring it on, I say! My only problem with Barcamp Waterford was that there were too many things and I couldn’t get to attend everything I wanted. There is more than enough BarCamp fodder to sustain Dublin, Cork and Galway gatherings – and Limerick, Sligo and Athlone as well!
I like Damien’s idea of themed BarCamps. That said, I have a new BarCamping strategy. I’m going to concentrate more on meeting people rather than rushing off to attend the next session. The only way this works for me is if I know that all the sessions are being podcast – so I can get them later. All the sessions in Waterford were videoed, but I haven’t seen those published anywhere yet. The only podcasts I’ve heard so far were the two that Bernie and I did, plus Donncha Ó Caoimh’s (which was fascinating!) Does anybody know if the video is going to be published from BarCamp Waterford?
A pioneering Irish-language project won the top award last night at the Digital Media Awards held in Dublin’s Burlington Hotel.
The Irish-language podcast An tImeall won the award for the Best Independent Podcast, and then went on to receive the Grand Prix for the top marks received among the 22 category winners.
The Minister for Communications, Noel Dempsey, presented the award to Conn Ó Muíneacháin from County Clare based company Edgecast Media. Conn launched An tImeall in 2005. It was the first podcast in the Irish language.
There’s been a share of discussion about the desirability of encouraging our public representatives to blog. It seems like an ideal application of the medium, allowing politicians to go “on the record” on a range of issues, have more say in how they are represented in online conversations, and engage in a meaningful way with the electorate.
However, one Oireachtas member in particular has evaluated the options available and decided against blogging – in favour of podcasting.
Independent Senator Joe O’Toole is the special guest today on An Líonra Sóisialta. Speaking in Irish, Senator O’Toole describes how he goes about producing his weekly podcast, My Week This Week, which has been running for almost a year. And it’s all his own work too! The Senator uses his Apple Mac to write the script, record and edit, encode to MP3, and upload to the internet the 5 minute monologue which takes the form of a letter from Leinster House.
“This is the first time in a quarter-century that a technogy has come to us which allows a person’s personality to be put forward”, says Senator O’Toole, explaining that he prefers podcasting to blogging because he feels that the spoken word conveys more authenticity than the written word can.
Senator O’Toole is elected by graduates of the National University of Ireland and he sees the podcast as one way to communicate with his constituency which is spread all over the world. It has also found an audience on a number of radio stations in Ireland who broadcast the weekly bulletins giving an insider’s view of Leinster House.
You can subscribe to My Week This Week at joeotoole.net.
Ground-Breaking New Radio Show To Teach Internet
Radio listeners across Ireland will join internet users worldwide next Monday, as they tune in to the first episode of a new series focusing on the social aspects of the internet.
It’s the first time an Irish radio series has been devoted exclusively to the phenomenon of “online social networking”, of which the best known example in recent months has been Bebo. What’s more: all 59 episodes of the show will be in Irish.
The programme is called An Líonra Sóisialta, which translates to The Social Network. It will broadcast a 12 minute episode each day for 12 weeks.
So far, 7 Irish radio stations have confirmed that they will broadcast the show and its producer believes several more will join over the next few weeks as the series gathers steam.
Thanks to the internet, however, the show will be available to anyone who wants to hear it, anywhere in the world. An Líonra Sóisialta will also be a “podcast” – a downloadable MP3 sound file that users can listen to on their PC, or copy to a mobile device to enjoy at their convenience.
The new series is the brainchild of independent producer Conn Ó Muíneacháin from Ennis, County Clare. After a successful career in local radio, he gave up broadcasting for the computer industry. 10 years later, he sees the two fields converging as technology has put the media into the hands of anyone who has access to the internet.
“Anyone can publish. Anyone can speak. Like a letters page, or a phone-in show, the internet gives the public a voice. The difference is that there are no editors or programme controllers.”
To some this sounds like a recipe for anarchy. How is all this self-published material organised? How can the consumer be helped to find information which is useful and interesting to them?
“That’s the most exciting thing about it”, says Conn. “Nobody knows for sure! The tools and rules are being developed as we speak. New services and business models are launched every week. Some fail. Some develop and grow. All of them help us to understand how this new kind of media is supposed to work.”
These kinds of ideas are discussed daily in the “blogosphere” – the global community of self-published websites: weblogs, or simply “blogs”. They are familiar to people who collect the “feeds” from scores of such sites for easy reading in “aggregators”. They are debated in interviews and panel discussions on podcasts.
Conn Ó Muíneacháin wants to bring this discussion to a wider audience. “An Líonra Sóisialta is designed for non-technical people. It’s for people who are interested in media, but not necessarily in technology. It will introduce new ideas gently with short daily episodes over 12 weeks.”
But why do it in Irish? “Irish is why I became interested in citizen media in the first place. People employed in Irish language media do a wonderful job with limited resources. But the choice isn’t there. And what is there may be broadcast at a time, or published in a way, that does not suit someone who would otherwise be interested. But if you look at the web, you see that there is a global community of Irish speakers and
learners who are contributing their own efforts to media in the Irish language.”
As an experiment, last year Conn launched An tImeall, the first podcast in the Irish language. The project has been extremely successful, reaching a global audience. In March, the site was honoured for it’s use of Irish at the inaugural Irish Blog Awards.
In addition to the radio show and podcast, An Líonra Sóisialta will also have a daily feature in the Irish language newspaper Lá. There’s also a website: AnLionra.com. Over the next few weeks the site will grow and develop as it becomes the focus for audience participation.
And participation, Conn says, is the key. “These new forms of media make much less distinction between producer and consumer. An Líonra Sóisialta will encourage audience participation in every way possible: by phone, by text, by mail or by leaving a comment on the website.” The series has been planned to appeal to people with a wide range of abilities in Irish, and in particular, it has been designed to be suitable for use as discussion material for Irish classes at Transition Year level in Irish schools.
The series has been provisionally approved for funding under the “Sound and Vision” scheme operated by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland.
The 7 radio stations which have confirmed their participation in An Líonra Sóisialta are: Flirt FM in Galway, Raidio na Life in Dublin, Ocean FM (Sligo, North Leitrim, South Donegal), Clare FM, KCLR (Kilkenny and Carlow), Wired FM in Limerick, and Raidio Fáilte, Belfast’s new Irish language station which launched last week.
My poor neglected English blog! Dervala describes the strange experience of visiting your own abandoned blog. As each day passes, it looks more and more and more like someone else’s – which of course it is. That last entry stopped being yours when you clicked “publish”. Like the shutter of a camera, the moment is captured, perfectly preserved while you move on.
I have moved on. For the time being, I have stopped producing new podcasts in the An tImeall series. After 125 episodes, there is more than enough to keep Flirt FM going with material previously unheard on radio. I continue to podcast my weekly “Blogger” column for Lá, and I’ve been following Dermod‘s lead in experimenting with voicemail-style podcasts.
I’m working on developing a new radio series. (Of course it will be a podcast as well!) It will be in Irish, like An tImeall, and it will follow the same outline format of 15-minute daily episodes. However, it will be primarily directed at a radio audience. Flirt FM will broadcast it in the same timeslot in Galway, and other radio stations will have the opportunity to syndicate it also. Sponsors welcome, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
And we are moving house!