The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas. The first round of 2013, which opens in February, will invite innovators from all disciplines to focus on tools for open government. In 2012, three challenge rounds, each focused on an emerging trend, drew more than 2,500 entries.
Challenge 1 - on NETWORKS: Winners were announced June 18.
Challenge 2 - on DATA: Winners were announced Sept. 20.
Challenge 3 – on MOBILE: Winners were announced Jan. 17.
Anyone, anywhere can apply for the challenge - whether for-profit start-ups or non-profit ventures. For more information on a variety of topics - from guidelines for for-profits, on intellectual property licensing, open source software and more - visit our FAQ.
Calliope is a portable documentation tool that makes acquisition, publishing, archiving and long-term preservation of otherwise ephemeral media assets practical and sustainable.
Using the sensors in mobile phones, Calliope combines data such as GPS location, calendar, and orientation with a database of project-specific rules to auto-categorize acquired content. The resulting package of information is transmitted to an internet-accessible archival database for storage, visualization, sharing, publication and/or long-term preservation (for example, in an institutional archive).
Documentary film makers, journalists, historians, ethnographers, archivists, artists, scientists, librarians, regional museums – in fact, anyone or any team systematically creating or collecting data in the field (be it text, images, video or audio) for projects that require careful description, organization, presentation and preservation (including rights management) of ever increasing quantities of media.
We plan to seed Calliope to users of CollectiveAccess, our open-source archives management software, and MorphoBank, our research support application. Users of CollectiveAccess represent a number of communities of interest, including local and oral history, social justice, libraries, museums, and documentary photography and videography; users of MorphoBank include biology, paleontology and biodiversity researchers documenting environmental conditions and specimens found in collections and in the field.
CollectiveAccess (http://www.collectiveaccess.org) is well-established open-source (GPL v3 license) software with an international user base that implements all of the “back-end” archival and media processing functionality required by this project; MorphoBank (http://www.morphobank.org) is the related research support application. A simple prototype media capture app has been developed and is currently being evaluated by a limited number of CollectiveAccess users.
We define success as providing project organizers with the intuitive collaborative tools they need to make a lasting impact in their varied communities – by enabling them to readily record, recall and preserve the data that is of particular import to them. Calliope will be a success when at least one project per month in which we had no part blows us away.
We are seeking funding for development, testing and outreach resources. The existing CollectiveAccess development team will work on Calliope; additional staff will be needed to ensure timely success.
Please list who is on your team:
Sophie Byerley (software developer)
Seth Kaufman (software developer)
Stefan Keidel (software developer)
Allison LaPlatney (community support)
Catherine Lillie (project manager)
Maria Passarotti (software developer)
Angie Waller (designer)
Julia Weist (information architect)
Expected number of months to complete project: 18 months
Estimated Project Cost: $350,000
Name: Seth Kaufman
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization [if applicable]: Whirl-i-Gig, Inc.
City: Brooklyn, NY
How did you learn about the contest? Project Partners at Queens Borough Library