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Sourcecamp 2013

The Sourcefabric team meet at Sourcecamp, Máchovo jezero in September 2013.

Sourcefabric believes in quality, independent journalism. We provide news organisations with the software, expertise and support to produce it online, in print and on air.

Sourcefabric is established as a Czech non-profit organisation with its headquarters in Prague, branches in Berlin and Toronto, and representatives in Minsk, Guatemala, Warsaw, Belgrade and Cluj. It started life as CAMP in 1998, the new-media arm of the Media Development Investment Fund. In 2010 it launched as a wholly autonomous organisation securing private funding that propelled Sourcefabric into the ranks of one of the largest European open source projects for news and media.

Open for business.

Sourcefabric’s products are built by news experts and a highly skilled team of over 30 technical officers, developers, system administrators and quality assurance engineers.

Newscoop (open content management for newspapers & magazines), Airtime (open source radio automation) and Booktype (open source publishing platform for print and digital books) are currently on the market (each is downloaded over 10,000 times a year). Superdesk will further extend the range of tools in 2014, providing an open source digital workflow solution for newsrooms.

Airtime Pro is the first of our groundbreaking SaaS products for media in which we offer hosting, support and other complimentary services for a monthly fee. Booktype Pro, our cloud publishing platform for print and ebooks was launched in October 2012.

Our open source approach to software projects minimises expensive software licenses and in many cases completely eliminates them. Plus there's no forced upgrade costs, fast and continual feature development, easy integration of third party tools, greater robustness, increased software durability and a worldwide community of experience and expertise to draw from.

Find a way or make one.

Since 1999 Sourcefabric has been building digital, open source newsrooms for some of the world's most innovative news organisations, in some of the world’s most challenging media environments.

Project implementations account for much of Sourcefabric’s work. This involves finding partners and funding, detailed consultation with clients, site-visits, blueprinting of bespoke solutions and then development of new features. Implementation and launch is followed by employee training, documentation, project evaluation, statistical monitoring and analysis. Professional technical support, secure hosting and business development is also offered to all clients.

Sourcefabric is able to adapt existing platforms, customise new platforms, provide specialist integration of Sourcefabric products and consult on market strategy and revenue streams. Our team understands a wide range of open source and proprietary tools and are considered experts on the digital newsroom and social media. Drop us a line to see how we can get your project off the ground.

Professional services for professional journalism.

Sourcefabric’s technical support and hosting packages give media organisations flexible, round-the-clock access to unrivaled software and hardware expertise across five continents. Sourcefabric deals with automated backups, security fixes, server maintenance, software updates and custom installations, meaning media organisations can concentrate on producing the news.

One of the biggest challenges facing news organisations today is the pressure to produce more with less. Sourcefabric takes into account each organisation's marketplace, revenue opportunities and resources and builds stable, scalable and secure platforms that increase both print and online profits whilst cutting costs through better design and greater efficiency.

The case study.

West Africa Democracy Radio

West Africa Democracy Radio

West Africa Democracy Radio’s news platform was designed and built by Sourcefabric using our open source tools Airtime and Newscoop, plus social media applications SoundCloud, Twitter and Facebook. In September 2011 it won a Knight-Batten award for Innovation in Journalism. Since launching, the site has seen a 500% increase in site traffic with a 25% increase month-on-month. Their programmes have been downloaded in 173 countries worldwide and they are currently one of the most followed news organisations in the world on SoundCloud.

Read our testimonials to find out what other projects we've delivered.