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The MediaMosa Foundation – From innovation project to a sustainable open source community
Frans Ward, Michel van de Ven
In January 2013 the MediaMosa Foundation was established by SURFnet and Kennisnet.
The primary goals of the foundation are to promote the use of the MediaMosa Open
Source Digital Asset Management System, to bring together its international community,
and facilitate the continued development of the platform. The MediaMosa Foundation owns
all rights to the code, domains and trademarks of MediaMosa.
The MediaMosa Foundation is governed by a three member board, which mostly plays a
ceremonial role. The Board carries financial responsibility and will publish results and plans on a yearly basis.
All operational activities are delegated to the Member Council, which is elected by the
community members, from the community members. All persons engaging with
MediaMosa and contributing to it in time, money or resources are eligible to become
members of the foundation.
This presentation will elaborate on the lessons learned from forming an open source
foundation. What are the organisational issues that need to be addressed? What does it
take to successfully commit an active open source community to a foundation? How can
you address the international community members? How can you guarantee future
commitments? How do you secure financial independence and assurance?
This presentation will also detail how the Foundation is organised, how people can
become part of it as a member, and what benefits this will bring to them and the
MediaMosa project. We describe the new possibilities the foundation will bring to
MediaMosa. We will make a call to action for people to join the foundation, and/or become
a sponsor. Finally we will make an announcement for the first event to be organised by the
MediaMosa is software to build a Full Featured, Webservice Oriented Media Management
and Distribution platform. With MediaMosa you can build a stateoftheart,
scalable Middleware Media Distribution Platform that facilitates access to, and usage of (shared) storage capacity, metadata databases, transcoding and streaming servers.
The MediaMosa platform offers functionality for searching, playing, uploading, transcoding,
as well as a fine granularity media access control system towards its users. MediaMosa is
based on the Representational State Transfer (REST) architecture and is designed to
support content streaming applications by providing a backend, audio and video infrastructure.
MediaMosa is developed and used by all kinds of people, organisations and companies in
The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Norway, Italy, Ukraine, and
the USA, amongst others.