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[kNews] Kendra gets EU funding...
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- Subject: [kNews] Kendra gets EU funding...
- From: kNews <k-news@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2008 14:16:46 +0100
Well, we did it. Kendra Foundation has received seedling EU funding for 4
years as a partner in P2P-Next  along with the BBC, Pioneer,
STMicroelectronics, the EBU and many others.
This is a really great opportunity for Kendra Initiative. The grant brings
the project stability and solidity. It's a recognition and validation of
the goal of an open distributed marketplace for digital media. Many thanks
to Mark Stuart of Pioneer for inviting us in.
NEED 25% MORE FUNDS
However, we need to raise 25% of the budget . That's 61397.50 EUR over 4
years. That's a really doable amount. At less than 16K EUR a year  it's
a small amount to pay if we can get, say, 20 Kendra Initiative members a
year donating a few hundred Euros each. Please contact me if you are
The current grant means that Kendra Foundation can employ myself and Neil
Harris (no relation) to really dig deep into content value chain
interoperability issues. Specifically we will be working on Kendra
Signposts  cross media metadata tools. We'll be liaising with content
owners and service providers. And running trials and demonstrations
throughout the period.
We are also looking to raise funds for to develop the Kendra website using
Drupal  CMS. We will already be using a small part of the EU grant for
website development but, in order to really maximise on functionality (for
the users: you!), we really need to bring extra people on board with Drupal
skills. And that means having a dedicated website budget. Again, contact me
if you can support financially or with Drupal skills.
Building the website using Drupal will give us a much more collaborative
design environment where trials, forums, wikis, documents, profiles,
relationships, tasks and feedback reside in a single trackable framework.
Also, Drupal has built in multilingual support and many other new exciting
P2P-NEXT MEETINGS IN MILAN AND LONDON
I will be in Milan (April 14 and 15) and London (June 9 and 10) for
P2P-Next meetings with a few days either side. So, please get in touch if
you want to meet up and talk about the next 4 years and beyond.
Here's to the next 4 years! ;-)
 15349.38 EUR = 12213.10 GBP = 24225.90 USD
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