Our mission is to make professional-grade technology available to all who believe that quality independent journalism has a fundamental role to play in any healthy society.
We bring together minds from all corners of the globe to curate and manage a new code base for journalism, one that we work to maintain as open and free forever. Our formula is simple: we want the best, not only for ourselves, but also for the industry as a whole.
No matter what corner of the globe you are from, we believe everyone has a story to tell and that success should depend on the quality of an organisation, not the depth of their pockets.
In 2001, the Media Development Loan Fund (now the Media Development Investment fund) launched the Campware initiative to support open source solutions for independent news media organisations in emerging democracies. The Sourcefabric partners Sava Tatić, Micz Flor and Douglas Arellanes were among the key people behind Campware.
Campware consolidated a lot of work that had been happening since 1999 to develop user-centric, financially-viable, multilingual platforms for journalists.
In 2010, Sourcefabric was set up as the continuation of that endeavour, but with greatly expanded aims and a new organisational structure.
Both the journalist's 'source' (the origin of information) and the programmer's 'source' (the code on which software is built) are vital to the work we do.
We are concerned with the 'fabric' of these things - their structures, relations and interactions. At the core of our experience and vision is a commitment to enable quality journalism. We do this through open source software and services that address these structures with solutions that are flexible, strong and interwoven; just like fabric.