Pool Press Release Aug 21 2008

Text: Pool Press Release Aug 21 2008


Pool for creativity and collaboration (pool.org.au)

Keen to foster creativity and collaboration online, ABC Radio National has developed Pool, a place for creative content makers to upload their work, publish and collaborate.

Pool builds communities of interest across a range of genres such as animation, video, audio, photography, film, music and sound art. All work on Pool becomes available to share and to broadcast.

Audiences have the opportunity to view works in progress, comment and review work and, perhaps, discover up and coming artists and creators.

“Pool is another exciting entry into the world of participatory media for the ABC, where audiences become collaborators in the stories we tell,” said Sue Howard, Director of ABC Radio & Regional Content.

An important part of Pool is the capacity for members to share their work for others to reuse, repurpose and remix. This is made possible by Creative Commons, a set of licences that enable contributors to choose which rights they wish to retain, while encouraging sharing, exposure and distribution.

Pool has been developed using an open source software Drupal, enabling the Pool community to be part of developing the web platform itself. Browsing, collaboration and uploading are easy and a glance at the tag cloud indicates the wide range of Pool contributors’ interests.

Access to - and membership of - Pool is free. All of the content is available to view without becoming a member of the community however to comment or collaborate, membership is required.

ABC Radio National has been assisted in the development of Pool by organisations including RMIT University, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong, and Pool’s community of contributors.

Pool won its category for Best Blue Sky Project at the inaugural ABC Digital Media Awards held in February 2008.

Whether you’ve already got work to share, are looking to develop your skills, get feedback on your work from ABC producers or just curious, visit pool.org.au and be inspired.



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