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 ‘irish’ 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.
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.
Over at Awards.ie, Damien and Jason have opened the voting on the nominees for this years Irish Blog Awards.
I’m sponsoring the award for the Best Use Of The Irish Language In A Blog. This is the award I won last year, and I couldn’t be happier with quality and variety of entries for the category.
I’m also delighted to see that Irish language blogs have been nominated in other categories also, as I had hoped they would be in my acceptance speech last year. This year sees Irish language (and bilingual) blogs nominated in 14 other categories besides.
I measca na blaganna Gaeilge (agus breac-Ghaeilge) atá ainmnithe tá: An Spailpín Fánach, An tImeall, Ach go hÁirithe, An Cainteoir Dóchais, Chetwynde Downs, Léigh Ar Mo T-Léine É, An Caomhach, An Saol, Cumann Carad na Gaeilge, Faoi Dhéin An Dorais, Spudshow, Arm Runda na Gaeilge, Blag Shomhairle, Hilary NY, MH Wombat, nobyegarawn, Roinnt Smaointe, Seo Panu ag labhairt agus Smaointe Fanacha Aonghusa. Má tá éinne in easnamh anseo, abair liom é!
I hope to see as many of these as possible make it through the voting stages to the final shortlist, and I look forward to meeting them at the awards event. Go n-éirí libh!
It’s all down to the voting then! It’s been open since Friday, and it will close next Friday. Go here to vote!
I’ve been nominated in a number of categories. If you would like to support me, they are as follows: Best Blog (An tImeall), Best Contribution to the Irish Bloggersphere, Best Podcaster (Edgecast Media – Conn O Muineachain), Best Podcast (An Líonra 06 12 06 – Episode 11.3 – MP3)
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.
Last year’s inaugural Irish Blog Awards was a warm and wonderful occasion. Not only were past achievements acknowledged and recognised, but I firmly believe the occasion provided an important impetus and contributed to the growth and development of Irish blogs in the 12 months that have followed.
My wife Margaret and I had a very enjoyable time, and it was great to be among the winners on the day. An tImeall won the award for the Best Use of The Irish Language in a Blog.
This year I’m delighted to announce that Edgecast Media is sponsoring that same category. I’m happy to support the award which recognised my efforts in 2006. In fact it was one of the things which encouraged me and set me on the path to the success which followed later in the year.
Blogging is a social activity which has the power to draw hundreds of people together on a Saturday in Dublin. But each and every blog starts with a personal passion. In my case it was the Irish language, and the desire for more opportunities to use it on a daily basis.
The Irish language is gaining in strength and status in recent years and, in the online world, a growing gaelic community is gaining in the confidence to contribute to the production of their own media.
Nominations close tomorrow. Later, public balloting will decide shortlists for each category.
In my acceptance speech last year, I expressed the hope that Irish language blogs would feature in the other categories as well. So, do keep that in mind as you nominate this year. For example, HilaryNY could be nominated for Best Personal Blog or An Spailpín Fánach for Best Sports Blog. And while, as sponsor, I am ineligible for the Irish category this year, I’d be delighted to be nominated as Best Podcaster – although I expect stiff competition for this category!
If you need help finding Irish language blogs, visit kinja.com/user/gaeilge. I plan to get an OPML list up shortly as well.
- Annette‘s another former winner who’s giving it back this year!
From An tImeall:
The 59th and final episode of An Líonra Sóisialta is broadcast and podcast today, bringing the 12-week run to a close.
The 5 episodes published this week review some of the series highlights and give me a chance to say thanks to those who contributed. Today’s episode expresses the hope that this material will continue to be of assistance to Irish speakers discovering the “Social Network”. In order to further this goal, the series archive has been licensed under a Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution-NonCommercial license.
This was a unique project, and perhaps a little ahead of its time. I am very satisfied with the results.
I intend to post in more detail about those results after Christmas, and also to talk about some new projects. For now however, it is time to retreat and focus on more important matters.
The directors of Edgecast Media have spent the last couple of days getting to know their newborn daughter. Later today, she will meet her two brothers. Both mother and daughter are well, and we are all looking forward to a very special and peaceful Christmas. We wish you all the joy of the season and the company of those you love.
Beannachtaí na Nollag.
Not only does Santy defy the laws of physics every Christmas, but language differences pose no difficulty for him either as he corresponds with children all over the world.
This Christmas he’s joined forces with an Irish company to send video emails to Irish kids in three languages: English, Irish and Irish Sign Language.
I think it’s an enterprising use of video on the net – and of course the basic idea extends to other occasions besides just Christmas.
Check out www.santasvideos.ie.
Disclosure: This company contacted me through a mutual friend. It’s a garage startup like myself and it doesn’t have a marketing budget. I’ve told them they should get a blog, and in the meantime I’m happy to help them spread the word. The site featured last week on An Líonra Sóisialta.
As a parent of Irish-speaking children I particularly like their multilingual approach, and I think a video of Santa signing is a lovely idea for hearing-impaired children.
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.