Somewhat exhausted from our marathon run for charity this weekend, we've still managed to find time to get nominated for an international innovation award, release some software and improve one of our most popular templates in the last fortnight. None of this could be done without our great community though - thanks to all those who posted in the forums, filed tickets and emailed us this month! On with the newsletter...
Sourcefabric are proud to announce that our pioneering project combining Newscoop, Airtime and the audio-sharing platform SoundCloud was shortlisted for the Digital 5 Radio Innovation Award 2011. This prestigious prize will be awarded on Friday 13th May in Hamburg at the Radio Camp 2011 and we'll be there to present our work.
West Africa Democracy Radio's platform is founded on Sourcefabric's open source software and uses SoundCloud, Facebook and Twitter to get the word out to the subregion and beyond, allowing listeners to hear, share and react to developments as they happen. Read about it in more detail on our blog.
Sourcefabric released Airtime 1.8.1, an update to the free, open radio software for scheduling and remote station management, on May 3rd! Containing mainly bug fixes, the update addressed reports from the community on the new feature set introduced in Airtime 1.8. It's proving popular already, with record first-day downloads...
The very latest version of The Journalist template is also ready to download now for free. It's an immensely and deservedly popular template derived from Wordpress and great for bloggers who have outgrown their platform. Huge content column, topic and archive dropdowns, and gorgeous pictures make it perfect for those tired of struggling with overworked commercial platforms. Now with added photoblog functionality and better post listings.
The Netaudio 2011 festival focuses on audio in politics and protest; creativity and collaboration; digital futures and analogue survivals. Sourcefabric will be there showcasing our groundbreaking broadcast platform Airtime in a continuation of our workshop series that has already taken place across Europe at Linux Audio Conference, Open Broadcast Exchange and transmediale.11.
On Sunday 15 May at The Roundhouse in London, we'll take participants through our free, open source radio software Airtime - it's fully booked, but feel free to drop past and meet us in person!
Ofir Gal is our senior Quality Assurance engineer based in Toronto (but currently visiting our Prague HQ). From a small desert town in Israel to the bright lights of Toronto, Ofir is a Be'er Sheva native and well-travelled, so fits in perfectly with our team of multilingual nomads, expats and travellers. We like his critically acclaimed rock band but hope that the rise to stardom doesn't happen quite yet. His evaluation and monitoring of our products is a vital cog in the Sourcefabric machine. Given time, you'll probably find his name in our bug-reporting platform more than any other, which is a kind of stardom (we think).
Having been allowed privileged access to the secret Sourcefabric development labs, we can reveal that the next Newscoop version (3.6) is going to really shake things up in the world of content management and journalism. We're sworn to secrecy on the exact details and release date, but you'll know when it lands. The geolocation tools are game-changers for any online publication seriously interested in stories. Add to that an overhaul of the way you can design and build your site, and things are looking really exciting. Watch this space.