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So, what is it?

Cubotto is a free open source software for organizing and using collectively a large amount of audio-visual material (audio, video, photo, text). It is also a strategic path for the creation of an independent international and decentralized infrastructure. A network of low cost home servers. We have been working for several years on the development of a software that combines archival needs and practices with the needs and possibilities of broadcasting. Cubotto is an occasion to build relationships between self-organized people and a challenge for overcoming the audiovisual format as a closed standard.

And why?

The logic of centralizing data for commercial exploitation on behalf of large companies is certainly what can be defined as a status quo in the field of media sharing. This implicates the creation of expensive proprietary infrastructures aimed at expropriating and monetizing personal information. Moreover, the slow diffusion, especially in the south of the world, of high speed internet connection makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to share entire audiovisual collections that would anyway be deposited in servers that give no possibilities of access or control and that are, in any case, provided with interfaces that limit user interaction in viewing and commenting. The distribution of the software that we intend to optimize allows the construction of a server, even on low performing machines, and the consequent organization of its materials in a few steps, with the possibility to assign user licenses, to form working groups, allowing a participated creation of metadata, editing and streaming via its own multi-channel network.

the confederation
of archives

cc@cubotto.org