Community media archive
Thousands of community groups and over one million volunteer producers, directors, presenters and technical staff participate in PEG access production annually. These efforts result in more than 20,000 hours of new local programming each week!
Programs in this Collection are shared from Community Media Centers around the country (Do It Yourself Archiving) or collected from their Youtube or Vimeo channels (Archiving As a Service).
If you're interested in finding out more about the Community Media Archive or contributing video to it, contact email@example.com
If you're looking for back issues of the Community Media Review, the journal of the Alliance for Community Media and it's predecessor organization, the National Federation of Local Cable Providers, you'll find them here
- 1 History
- 2 Series with Broadcast Ready MPEG2 versions downloadable from the Internet Archive
- 3 2020 ACM MidWest Regional Conference - Wisconsin Community Media Fall Virtual Conference
- 4 2020 ACM-West Regional Conference
- 5 2019 ACM-NorthEast Regional Conference
- 6 2019 ACM National Conference
- 7 2018 ACM Central States Regional Conference
- 8 2018 ACM NorthEast Regional Conference
- 9 2018 ACM National Conference
- 10 2018 ACM NorthWest Regional Conference
- 11 2018 ACM West Regional Conference
- 12 2017 ACM North East Regional Conference
- 13 2017 ACM National Conference
- 14 2017 ACM Central States Regional Conference
- 15 2016 Access Humboldt Board Study Session Materials
- 16 2016 ACM National Conference
- 17 F/ACM video segment remarks
- 18 Civic Video Tagging Project
- 19 2016 Midwest ACM Regional Conference
- 20 2016 Central States ACM Regional Conference
- 21 2016 League of Women Voters Community Participation Fair
- 22 Community Media Convergence 2015 Ottawa Presentation Links
- 23 ACM 2015 North East Regional Conference Presentation Links
- 24 Tightrope Media Systems PEG Experts webinar - Hosting & Sharing your Media on Internet Archive
- 25 ACM 2015 National Conference Presentation Links
- 26 SHLB 2015 Conference Links
- 27 ACM 2015 MidWestern Regional Conference Presentation Session Links
- 28 ACM 2014 Western Regional Conference Presentation Session Links
- 29 ACM 2014 North East Regional Conference Presentation Links
- 30 ACM 2014 Central States Regional Conference Presentation Links
- 31 ACM 2013 Western Regional Conference Presentation Links
- 32 ACM 2013 North Eastern Regional Conference Presentation Links
- 33 ACM 2013 Presentation Links
- 34 ACM 2012 Presentation Links
- 35 ACM 2011 Presentation Links
- 36 ACM 2010 Presentation Links
- 37 ACM 2009 Presentation Handouts
- 38 Automation
- 39 Documentation
The Community Media Archive started as a partnership between The Internet Archive and Access Humboldt in late 2008. It has since expanded and been used to archive video by over 950 Access Centers, Government Entities and several community media producers from around the country.
During the fall of 2008, Access Humboldt prototyped an automated link between their Telvue Princeton playback server and the Internet Archive. However, shows were being uploaded to the generic Open Source Movies collection. They were looking for more of a "presence" on archive.org and found that a "collection" was needed in order to get a "landing page" on archive.org. In addition to solving their own issue, they decided to approach archive.org about setting up a Community Media collection to establish a place for other centers.
In December of 2008, a conversation between Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, and Sean McLaughlin, Executive Director of Access Humboldt led to a collection manager being assigned to the project and the establishment of the Access Humboldt collection as a sub collection of the Community Media and News and Public Affairs collections of the Internet Archive.
In April of 2009, Access Humboldt contacted WCCA TV in Worcester, MA. Searches of archive.org showed that WCCA had uploaded several hundred shows over the past 3 years, but that they were uploaded to the generic Open Source Movies collection. After WCCA joined the CMA, the several hundred previously posted shows were added to their new collection by the Internet Archive staff.
In July of 2009, John and Jesse presented their work on the Community Media Archive at the 2009 Alliance of Community Media national conference in Portland. The presentation emphasized the technology-agnostic character of the CMA, the benefits of partnering with The Internet Archive and how other community media centers could get set up as contributors to the CMA. As a result, additional centers expressed interest in joining the CMA.
In February 2010, John started work on an Enhanced Metadata project for video files on the Internet Archive. Details were gathered for every video uploaded to archive.org from 2006 through June 30, 2010 (yes, all 445,000 of them). The key fields missing from the Internet Archive's search engine were runtime and video quality (screen size, a/v parameters, bitrate). In time for the ACM 2010 conference in Pittsburgh, a list was produced of all 2,700 MPEG2 videos with a screen resolution of 720x480 and a runtime of 27 minutes to an 1 hour and 2 minutes was distributed with hyperlinks to the show's detail page and a download link to the MPEG2 version on archive.org (see 30-60.xls link in the ACM 2010 Presentation Links below). These are the videos that would be the best candidates for re-broadcast on a PEG channel because they shouldn't need to be transcoded. Further filters could be added based on the presence of key words in the description or subject fields.
In early 2011, John identified 3 NASA children's education series (NASA Connect, Destination Tomorrow and NASA Science Files) from the list of MPEG2 video distributed at the 2010 ACM conference. the 3 series comprised 37 hours of video in 61 episodes. He scripted the download of these episodes from the Internet Archive, and wrote an interface to Facil's program table to automatically insert the metadata for these episodes into Facil as well as automating the insert of the MPEG2 video files into the Princeton B3400 playback server. As a result, the 61 episodes were ready for inclusion in Access Humboldt's schedule without further manual data entry.
In preparation for the 2011 ACM conference, John created summaries of the items uploaded, number of downloads, file size of derived and original files for collections in the Community Media Archive and related collections like those of the Open Media Project.
At the 2011 ACM conference, he presented a proposal for a Community Media Archive upload service which would allow access centers without adequate bandwidth or IT resources to get their video added to the Community Media Archive using SDHC cards and postal mail. Access Humboldt is looking for 3-5 access centers who would like to particpate in the pilot of this upload service.
As a result of a discussion at the conference, the Open Media Project and it's subcollections, Denver Open Media and BAVC, merged with the Community Media Archive collection.
Shortly after the conference, the Community Media Archive collection was made available on the Roku box as part of an unofficial Internet Archive channel. To add this channel to your Roku box, go to https://owner.roku.com/add/NMJS5
In the spring of 2012, John created a "TED Talks" collection on archive.org that contained MPEG2 versions of talks without trailing commercials. At the beginning of the project, there were over 400 talks that contained trailing commercials. By July of 2012, the number had shrunk to about 40. The collection is updated daily Monday - Friday. The collection was meant to demonstrate how rich metadata aids in discovery of new items and to encourage media centers to more fully describe their submissions.
At the 2012 ACM conference in Chicago, John presented a 90 minute workshop on the Community Media Archive project and how to get started with it.
In the fall of 2012, John assisted Somerville Community Access TV with establishing a collection and uploading over 400 videos from their backlog of programs.
In early 2013, John returned to his "enhanced metadata" project of 2010 to demonstrate the value of adding metadata after an item had been uploaded to the Internet Archive. Using the Access Humboldt collection as a test, he identified that 75% of the 3,400 items in the collection could be associated with 66 series. After review and correction by Jerusha Wilhelmi, AH's Media Distribution Manager, he uploaded a "series" metadata element to 2,774 items in the collection. Using "series:series_name" notation combined with the "one button" RSS feed generator on the archive's "advanced search" page, visitors can now subscribe to series by RSS feed. Similar "series name" analysis has been performed on Worcester's, Denver's and Seattle's collections. Updates of those collection with series name is awaiting approval of the respective Access Centers.
Late Jaunuary 2013, the Roku channel that contains the Community Media Archive collections from the Internet Archive was updated to include the following access centers: Dakota Media Accesss, Denver Open Media, Foxboro Cable Access, Maine Community TV Archives, Media Edge, Mendocino Coast TV, PhillyCAM, Rogue Valley TV , Seattle Community Media, Somerville Community Access Television.
In March 2013, John helped the Veterans Helping Veterans program and it's producer Sheryl Shaffer, get a collection established on the Internet Archive. This show had been distributed via bliptv, pegmedia.org, youtube and social media. John uploaded the backlog of 19 shows from DVD copies. He also started downloading current episodes from youtube and transcoding MPEG2 versions for the collection for download by other access centers.
In May 2013, at the 2013 ACM conference in San Francisco, John reprised his 90 minute workshop on the Community Media Archive project and how to get started with it. The workshop featured Wendy Blom who presented a case study of how Somerville Community Access TV organized their collection of ~1500 videotapes and digitized them using interns from Simmons College. Hard drives containing the metadata and video files were then shipped to John who automated their upload to the Internet Archive.
He also appeared on a panel entitled "Leave It to the Experts: Leveraging Archive.org and Creative Commons for PEG Licensing" with Tony Shawcross, Executive Director Open Media Foundation, Roger MacDonald, Director of the Television Archive at Internet Archive, Alexis Rossi, Director of Collections at the Internet Archive and Mike Linksvayer, Senior Fellow and former CTO of Creative Commons.
John organized "An Evening at the Archive", an after conference visit to the Internet Archive featuring a reception, tour, and presentations by Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, Tony Shawcross, Executive Director of the Open Media Foundation and John for attendees of the ACM (Alliance for Community Media) and NFCB (National Federation of Community Broadcasters) conferences.
In October 2013, John travelled to Massachusetts to meet with Amherst Media, the first community media center to apply for and receive a grant for archiving their video under the state Community Preservation Act. He also visited Easton, MA where Jason Daniels organized a meetup of Southeastern MA access centers interested in archiving their video. Representatives from Attleboro, Brockton, Bridgewater, Bridgewater State University, Canton, Easton and Stoughton attended. James Jones of Attleboro Access Cable System brought a hard drive with 1,858 MPEG2 videos (and associated metadata). John uploaded the videos to DoubleACS's collection in the Community Media Archive. He briefly visited Arlington Community Media before heading to the ACM North East Regional fall conference. John and Nick Ring of Amherst Media jointly presented the workshop "Archiving with the Internet Archive".
Later that month, he travelled to San Jose to present "De-Geeking the Community Media Archive" at the ACM Western Regional conference with co-presenters Ann Theis of the Open Media Foundation and Randy Van Dalsen of WeTheMedia.tv.
In the spring of 2014, John traveled to Dayton, OH to present "Archiving with the Internet Archive" at the Central States ACM Regional Conference. After the conference, he visited the locations of the Miami Valley Communications Council, Dayton Access Television and CitiCable of Cincinnati for in depth meetings about video archiving.
John spent the summer playing with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone Black, Cubieboard, Cubox and ODroid hardware. These are small, inexpensive (< $100) single board computers that show promise for a number of applications related to automated uploads and downloads of video.
In an effort to help Access Centers with the bulk uploading of video programs to the Internet Archive, John is developing a USB thumb drive in Portable Apps format that contains perl, the language used by the bulk uploader program ias3upload.pl and sample spreadsheets with metadata. Proof of concept has been completed and beta testing will begin in September 2014. By distributing the upload program and metadata spreadsheet as a portable thumb drive, he hopes to lower the technical barriers to uploading video and enable access centers that don't have IT staff.
In October of 2014, John traveled to Northern Vermont to meet with representatives from several access centers in the state and members of the Vermont Access Network to discuss best practices for archiving and how to use the Internet Archive as a backend for a statewide archive and sharing service. He presented a workshop on "Do It Yourself Archiving" at the ACM Northeast Regional Conference with co-presenter James Jones of Attleboro Access Cable System. He also organized a roundtable session "Content Swap - Non-Local Video for your TV Channel" where participants exchanged broadcast ready versions of their favorite series.
Later that month, John traveled to Ventura CA to present workshops on DIY Archiving and Programming Content Swap Meet at the ACM Western Regional Conference.
During the winter, John developed his "Youtube --> Archive" gateway project, which automates much of the effort of transferring metadata and video from Youtube to the Internet Archive. The 1,000 items added to the newly created Royal Society for the Arts and the Peak Moment collections are prototypes of this automation. Access Centers interested in this effort should contact John for more information.
As part of the continuing effort to help others visualize the "Youtube --> Archive" project, John has created photo mosaics of Access leaders where the mosaic tiles are thumbnails of Youtube videos from the appropriate Youtube channels. Results can be seen in the 2015 Session Links below.
In August 2015, John moderated a panel discussion on "Online Community Engagement" at the ACM National Conference in Pasadena. He also showcased various efforts in the "Tools, Technologies, and Initiatives to Know About" workshop session at the conference.
At the Awards Luncheon of the National Conference, John was presented with the 2015 Buske Leadership Award for his work with the Community Media Archive. Text of his awards acceptance speech can be found below.
In early September, John presented a PEG Experts webinar hosted by Tightrope Media Systems on "Hosting & Sharing your Media on Internet Archive".
John worked with Michael Eisenmenger, Executive Director of Marin TV, to archive High Definition versions of Spanish language TV shows of the Mexican Internet TV collective, Rompeviento TV. These activist journalists produce 9-12 hours of Spanish language TV a week focused on current events in Mexico. The HD versions are uploaded to the Internet Archive and a version suitable for re-broadcast on Public Access TV stations (SD NTSC letterboxed MPEG2) is automatically created. See the Rompeviento TV collection. Access Centers interested in re-broadcasting episodes of Rompeviento TV should email Michael and let him know which series they'll be airing.
In November he presented his DIY Archiving Workshop featuring a case study presented by Kayla Creamer of Amherst Media at the ACM-NE Regional Conference in Hartford CT, Nov 19,20.
John traveled to Ottawa Ontario to speak on a panel on Archiving Community Media and present a workshop on DIY Archiving with the Internet Archive at the first national Community Media conference in Canada, held at Carelton University, Ottawa, Ontario Nov 22-24.
In early 2016, John ran several large scale tests of his Youtube to Internet Archive idea by creating the following collections in the Community Media Archive from the respective Youtube channels:
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network https://archive.org/details/saintpaulneighborhoodnetwork?sort=-date
Missoula Community Access Television https://archive.org/details/mcatcollection
Hingham Community Access Television https://archive.org/details/hinghammedia
KMVT15 Silicon Valley Community Media https://archive.org/details/kmvt15
MetroEast Community Media Center https://archive.org/details/metroeast
Mid Peninsula Media Center https://archive.org/details/midpenmediacenter
Community Media Center of Marin https://archive.org/details/cmcmtv
Capital Community Television https://archive.org/details/cctvsalem
Community Television Network, Ann Arbor https://archive.org/details/ctnannarbor
Dayton Access Television https://archive.org/details/datvdayton
North Reading Community Access and Media https://archive.org/details/northreadingcommunityaccess
St. Louis TV https://archive.org/details/stltv
Naperville Community Television https://archive.org/details/napervillecommunitytelevision
Janesville Access TV https://archive.org/details/janesvilleaccesstv
In other cases, he updated collections that had been dormant with Youtube or Vimeo videos:
Columbia Access Television https://archive.org/details/cat_tv
Davis Media Access https://archive.org/details/davismedia
Somerville Community Access Television https://archive.org/details/somervillecommunityaccesstelevision
Cambridge Community Television https://archive.org/details/cctv_cambridge
Fall River Community Television https://archive.org/details/frctv
He continues to work on techniques to automate the download of series from various online providers.
Series with Broadcast Ready MPEG2 versions downloadable from the Internet Archive
NOTE: There is a "square pixel" vs "rectangular pixel" regression in the Archive's MPEG2 derivation code since 1/2019 - it is not recommended to use MPEG2s from Archive after 1/2019 until this notice is removed
2020 ACM MidWest Regional Conference - Wisconsin Community Media Fall Virtual Conference
2020 ACM-West Regional Conference
2019 ACM-NorthEast Regional Conference
2019 ACM National Conference
2018 ACM Central States Regional Conference
2018 ACM NorthEast Regional Conference
2018 ACM National Conference
2018 ACM NorthWest Regional Conference
2018 ACM West Regional Conference
2017 ACM North East Regional Conference
2017 ACM National Conference
2017 ACM Central States Regional Conference
2016 Access Humboldt Board Study Session Materials
2016 ACM National Conference
F/ACM video segment remarks
Civic Video Tagging Project
2016 Midwest ACM Regional Conference
2016 Central States ACM Regional Conference
2016 League of Women Voters Community Participation Fair
Community Media Convergence 2015 Ottawa Presentation Links
ACM 2015 North East Regional Conference Presentation Links
Tightrope Media Systems PEG Experts webinar - Hosting & Sharing your Media on Internet Archive
ACM 2015 National Conference Presentation Links
SHLB 2015 Conference Links
ACM 2015 MidWestern Regional Conference Presentation Session Links
ACM 2014 Western Regional Conference Presentation Session Links
ACM 2014 North East Regional Conference Presentation Links
ACM 2014 Central States Regional Conference Presentation Links
ACM 2013 Western Regional Conference Presentation Links
ACM 2013 North Eastern Regional Conference Presentation Links
Links from Jim Lescault
ACM 2013 Presentation Links
ACM 2012 Presentation Links
ACM 2011 Presentation Links
Spreadsheet of various cost factors (media, frequency, postage, fees) that would affect the cost of using "snail mail" to send video to the Community Media Archive through a center with fast upload bandwidth.
ACM 2010 Presentation Links
ACM 2009 Presentation Handouts
Access Humboldt has been developing an automated system to contribute presenters content to the Community Media Archive at the Internet Archive. John Hauser, the lead in developing relations with Internet Archive was also in charge of designing, programming, and implementing the automation software to allow the Access Humboldt operations team a hands-off approach while ensuring all content ends up online. Initially the system was developed to draw all necessary metadata and MPEG2 files directly from Telvue's Princeton Server. As Access Humboldt migrated to use Facil for it's programming interface we redeveloped the software to pull all program metadata directly from Facil and connect to the files located on the Princeton Server's storage system. Once combined and inserted into a database the upload process to Internet Archive begins. Once the file upload is complete and verified Internet Archive handles the transcode process to provide more web-friendly formats such as h.264 encoded MPEG4 fies and Ogg Theora. Once the files are available at archive.org they can be downloaded at full MPEG2 broadcast quality or viewed online in an embedded video player. In depth Internet Archive automation details
URLS for Community Media Archive Presentations
- Community Media Collection
- Access Humboldt Collection
- Browse by Subject
- View Tag Cloud
- Item Details Page
- Item Metadata Edit - this will work only if you have "edit this item" rights
- Details Page - Government Meeting
- Shows separate audio files as well as video files
- Advanced Search Results Example - most recent 50 Creative Commons licensed MPEG2 format videos by date'
- Internet Archive Advanced Usage FAQ
- Internet Archive - JSON Interface
- Internet Archive S3- Like API
- Wolfram Alpha - Bandwidth Calculation - Time to transfer 2.2GB at 3mbits/sec
- Wolfram Alpha - Bandwidth Calculation - Transfer 2.2GB in 1 Hour
- Bulk Uploader program developed by Internet Archive Staff
- Advanced Command Line Interface to Internet Archive developed by Internet Archive Collections Staff