Frag den Staat

Frag den Staat

(click on CC for English subtitles) Frag den Staat (Ask the State) is a website for submitting, tracking and archiving Freedom Of Information requests in Germany- making it easier and more efficient for citizens to ask their public authorities for information. Software: Animated with Synfig, a vector-based 2D Free Software program. Initial vector illustrations were created in Inkscape, the video was assembled in Kdenlive, and audio was mixed in Audacity. The project files are open source, available under a Creative Commons Attribution license, so that any other Freedom of Information site (such as those run on Alaveteli or FROIDE) can adapt, remix and improve the video for their own language and location. Fork the project on Gitlab! Credits & Attribution   Video CC-BY Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V Concept, Illustration & Animation: Sam Muirhead | @cameralibre Additional Illustration: Judith Carnaby | @judithcarnaby Text: Maria Reimer | @malienamadrina Stefan Wehrmeyer | @stefanwehrmeyer Stimme & Aufnahme / Voiceover & recording: Fiona Krakenbürger | @arduina Music: XXV CC-BY Broke For Free | @brokeforfree Toneffekte/Sound Effects: The following sound effects can be found on FreeSound.org, a community of audio enthusiasts who create, share and remix sounds – the majority of these sounds are available under libre licenses such as Creative Commons Attribution, Attribution ShareAlike or the ‘no rights reserved’ public domain mark, CC0. Check out the artists’ other sounds, or consider contributing yourself! Sounds used under Creative Commons Attribution: letter-box.flac CC-BY qubodup peugot-206-car-exterior-engine-stationary-horn-claxon-reverb.wav CC-BY jorickhoofd spring-door-stop.wav CC-BY liamq deep-air-woosh.wav CC-BY cosmicmembers whoosh.wav CC-BY ztrees1 envelope-handling-rustle-vtkproductions.wav CC-BY vtkproductions-com chev-350-start-then-die.wav CC-BY lonemonk flashlight-switch.wav CC-BY jesabat stickwhoosh.wav CC-BY plingativator vent-wind-1.wav CC-BY glaneur-de-sons writing-with-pen.aif CC-BY jasonelrod clock-fastticking.wav...

Wikimedia Deutschland: Digitale Kompetenzen

Sorry, no English subtitles for this one! as part of the German government’s ‘Scientific Year 2014’ project, Wikimedia Deutschland is running a series of talks and podium discussions around the theme ‘Digital Competencies’ – this is the first edition, dealing with privacy and data security. Titles and basic animation were prepared in Inkscape and animated with Synfig, and (as usual) I used Kdenlive for editing and Audacity for sound mix. this was a two-camera gig, shot with Ash Robinson from Dollarmixbag. The music is from Broke for Free‘s new album Petal, which I’m sure I’ll be using plenty in the coming months! I made three further videos for this series- two with Ash, and one shot with Ben Mergelsberg from Wrangelfilm. Digital Natives: ein gut klingender Begriff mit wenig Substanz? Digitalisierung der Arbeitswelt ‘Algorithmus is Watching For You’ – droht die ‘Filter...
Spot The Future

Spot The Future

In April 2014 I travelled to Georgia and Armenia with Edgeryders and the UNDP, working together with Noemi Salantiu to run workshops with social innovators, while documenting the events and participants’ stories. This is a teaser video for the main event held in June – the story is told through text, as I also needed to produce Georgian, Armenian and Arabic versions of the video. We also visited and interviewed participants to get international conversations going around their stories, and to start building collaborations throughout the region and further afield. Reports from the Spot the Future project can be found here:...

Open Data Day 2014

From OpenDataDay.org: Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments. This was the local Berlin Open Data Day event, organized by the wonderful people of the Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland and held at Wikimedia Deutschland‘s headquarters in Kreuzberg. Check out the projects in detail here: odd14.hackdash.org Video by Sam Muirhead CC-BY Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland Made with Free / Libre / Open Source software (kdenlive.org, gimp.org, audacity.sourceforge.net/, magiclantern.fm/, ubuntu.com) Music Duck Duck Goose CC-BY Jupiter Skydive (jamendo.com/en/track/1088272/duck-duck-goose) Only Instrumental CC-BY Broke For Free...

Launch/Co Coworking in Friedrichshain

Made in collaboration with Rosa Lübbe, with music by Martin Keane. Launch/Co is a cosy, friendly co-working space in Friedrichshain, run by a great bunch of people. More...

Edgeryders: collaboration, experimentation and community impact

It’s hard to describe exactly what Edgeryders is. A distributed, collaborative network of people experimenting and building new ways of working, living, and understanding one another. A website where projects can be built, networks can grow and people can feed off different ideas and perspectives. A respectable, incorporated, responsible front-end, and motley back-end of activists, artists, data geeks, free software developers, hardware hackers, and community organisers. A big ‘bring on the hackers’ button for the few brave people within established governments and organisations who might be willing to try new things. There are many sides to Edgeryders, and many things to love. I love the evidence-based discussion and decision-making, I love the ‘who does the work, calls the shots’ working method, I love the experimentation with different formats, for communicating, collaborating, financing and community building. I love ‘free and open’ as a default. But mostly, I love the people, a huge network of talented, engaged people from all over Europe, and some further afield as well. The video above is from the 4th annual gathering of the Edgeryders community (Living on the Edge 4), held at the first unMonastery prototype in Matera, Italy, where I also ran a session on motivation and participation in open source projects. The video below is from the 3rd gathering (LOTE3), in November 2013, when I spent a week in Matera, taking part in the process of planning the unMonastery project, and gave a video post-production workshop using Kdenlive. Meeting the community there kicked off a fruitful continued collaboration, and interesting opportunities like heading to Armenia and Georgia to work with the UNDP and...