Taylor Jadin and I chatted for about an hour on Friday about some of the work we did earlier in the week upgrading Azuracast to the latest version for the mighty ds106radio. Spoiler alert: the upgrade did not work, but Taylor learned a ton about both Docker and how Reclaim Cloud marketplace installers work in the process.
Taylor Jadin and Jim Groom talk Open Source Media Empires on #ds106radio
I’m sure we’ll re-visit upgrading ds106radio sometime soon, but the regular experimentation around this kind of stuff always gives me joy. What’s more, the discussion of Azuracast quickly led to us talking about another tool I have been loving the last couple of years: Peertube. One of the things Taylor said that got me excited was how he would love to see several of these tools working together as a kind of media suite, so Jitsi for video, Owncast or Peertube for streaming, and Peertube for the archive that you could possible plugin into via APIs, etc. And why not Azuracast for all your radio needs? An open source media ecosystem is quite appealing, and it is something I really have not stopped thinking about since OERxDomains21. How would a similar setup look for Reclaim Hosting built on an entirely open source framework? It led to some conversation on Twitter with folks like Joe Murphy and Tanya Elias contributing:
Really thinking about the community-building impact of having this @ReclaimHosting work conversation on #ds106radio. It wasn't 1-way, since I could tweet my ideas into the discussion, but I wasn't really a participant in the synchronous talking either. Interesting.
— Joe Murphy (@joefromkenyon) February 18, 2022
So long as folks mostly care about scale and reach – big, prescriptive tech will be the answer… just sayin’ (also have an almost done ~175 page dissertation that concludes the same, lol) – @jimgroom heard you on #ds106radio last night & it made me smile
— Tanya (@eliast05) February 19, 2022
Seems to me there could very well be a place for small, community-driven edtech in our current moment, and doing this from the position of a college community seems a natural fit, but I have always felt this way from the very first time I started a blog in support of a college course at CUNY. I still believe small is beautiful and open source is as powerful as ever, and thinking alongside folks like Taylor just reinforces that idea and returns Reclaim to the fundamentals. Like Taylor said, “If Reclaim isn’t doing it, who will?” YEAH!
If you will it, it is no dream!