Groups Using Media and the Internet (GUMI)
During 2004 and 2005 NCC conducted a project, funded from regional and EU innovation funds to work with community organisations on the creation of digital video distributed on the Internet.
The remit was to consider how people with neither interest nor experience in computing could be made aware of the possibilities of the internet. The result, supported by the North West development Agency, was a project which worked with communities across the North West and studied how their interest in making videos could lead to computer internet and media literacy. Apart from benefits to the communities the work resulted in easy to use multi media content management software which was published on SourceForge and released under an open source licence and is now a key component in an international project. The GUMI training book, films and CD have been distributed to up to 1000 people and organisations in addition to the users who have downloaded it from the GUMI site.
This led to a printed toolkit, a CD and web based tools including video and software products. These are available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or from the web site www.ourvideo.org. All products are available either as open source software or under Creative Commons licences as appropriate.