The Community as a Power Source

Intervenant(s) : Sasha Cohen

  • Langue : English
  • Niveau : Débutant
  • Type d'événement : Conférence
  • Date : Jeudi 12 juillet 2012
  • Horaire : 14h40
  • Durée : 40 minutes
  • Lieu : Uni Mail 2160
Public cible : Grand public


BACKGROUND : Projects structured around an ’open source’ model tend to thrive off contributions from their communities. Today, digital communication networks allow groups to do so and interact across multiple locations around the planet. With the ability to transcend geographical borders and reach a global audience, it is apropos to understand potential methods for gathering a strong community.

RESULTS : This paper will analyse a selection of platforms and methods for establishing a global online community, alongside how such a group can then be utilised to support an open source software/hardware initiative. After the presentation, there will be room for a short discussion involving Q&A’s from the audience.

With the ’Apertus’ project as a primary example, it is possible to examine how an online forum, social media presence (via Facebook, flattr and Google+), project related newsletters, publicity (in external blogs, sites and publications) and regular updates/activity can attract a professional independent community from all corners of the globe. This movement- composed from artists, film-makers, coders and engineers- is working toward developing a highly professional open hardware camera powered by free and open source software/firmware.

Conclusion : Communities emerge when they are granted the means for social interaction. However, it is not enough to simply provide the systems and passion for doing so. In order to maintain a long-term and dedicated following, it is essential to distribute updates, news, ideas, artwork and project related information on a consistent basis. Non-coders and people with little programming experience can make important contributions helping out in this manner, fostering further collective involvement and interest. Alongside this, the involvement of experts and well-known public figures can provide a powerful injection to the community, directing legions of followers to lesser well known and emerging projects.


Sasha Cohen is a visual artist, film-maker and photographer working in Sydney. His creative practice is indicative of a new mode of expression based around free (as in Liberty) and open source methodologies. He is regularly collaborating with companies and visionaries throughout Australia, most predominantly in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Since 2011, Sasha has been working with artists and developers spread across Paris, Vienna, Australia, Sao Paolo and Catalonia, all of whom are involved in the Apertus Project. Led by Sebastian Pichelhofer (based in Vienna), it is their intention to build a high-end open source camera for use within professional arts & cinema production.

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