Our mission is to bridge the digital divide in media. By making state-of-the-art journalism tools available to organisations and individuals in need of better technology, we aim to support the future of quality independent journalism as the lifeblood of democratic societies.
From Australia to Zimbabwe, we partner with organisations around the world to develop, maintain and distribute a robust open-source code base for journalism that benefits everyone.
We believe in giving independent voices a competitive advantage through technology so that they can speak truth to power and tell the stories that matter.
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.