Initially, it would enable uploading to and reading from the Resistance Archive:

"A touring interactive exhibition documenting UK grassroots activism and movements for social change, with news clippings, literature, artwork, photography, audio, video and digital media, spanning over 25 years.

The archive will be preserved online permanently through easy-to-use open publishing tools, with training workshops in their use."

Josef Davies-Coates John Phoenix, Javier Ruiz, John Headstrong, Thomas Barlow Evan Henshaw-Plath

As an activist project, it would be as much about adding objects as consuming them.

It would look much like the early functionality of flickr.

* upload a photo of an object or action (option for more than one)
* add a title
* add descriptive text (with links)
* add tags (with auto suggestion based on text and existing tags)

This would then be saved into an existing CMS and/or

The data format would be RSS02 with media extensions compatible so that it could be part of a wider data sharing network such as the Open Media Network.

The app could be used to display tagged objects (and search) for consumption.

The site would have more functionality such as uploading scanned text etc. It would provide boolean tag based feeds for data sharing and wide redundant backup (OMN)

That’s it for the first version.

Can expand to audio and video in version 02.

What would the web front end look like?

It would be a standard CMS, with the same functionality as the app.

It would support importing and exporting RSS02 feeds of objects by tag so as to provide the "4 opens". It would support de-duping and synchronisation of these objects over the linked feeds.

The background database would be as standardised as possible, the data format would be nothing outside RSS02 with media extensions.

There is room for multiple CMSs and standards-based hosting of media objects, so anyone can write one and will be encouraged to do this. The one we “seed” needs to be as simple and clean to the project as possible, it's not our job to experiment and innovate.

There will be a potentially large number of accounts from a variety of sources. Those sources could include YouTube,, flickr etc. Each account must put out an rss feed. The Resistance Archive will take the data from each account's rss feed.

PROBLEM CASE: A YouTube account with some relevant films for the Resistance Archive also contains irrelevant films.

SOLUTION: The rss in has to be able to take tagged films from feeds only, eg #resistancearchive



You would have to be very out of touch not to see that echo chambers are inherent to #failbook and historically less on #twitter though they have changed over to a algorithmic time line you have to opt out of. The OMN is only moderated by humans. It has a built in "market" that rewards trust thus actively builds out human networks. Groups that link will grow, thoughs who do not will slide back as others move forward.

Arrogance & Ignorance and how to get past this blocking is the issue. You don't overcome A&I that's not an option. But getting round it is well possible. The OMN is built on the human condition of trust and serendipity. Both hard human sells, but both the only values we have if your not up for shooting people dead to get your way.

Echo chamber is just a #fashernesta word for feeding prejudice in this it's the same as buying a tabloid in the old days or listing to R4 and only shouting at the radio when you disagree. The OMN opens - echo chamber closes. Of course we understand that "open" is not a solution, but it is better than closed...

Its easy to misses the point about "open data" you don't have any control of the machine network that the #dotcon work with. And if you understand the issues with geeks you will likely never have power over complex digital tools. The way out of this is in the #4opens this "forces" the geeks lose of the power they desire and need to be motivated. In this you have a riddle which is not solved by logic - maybe solved by emotion? The OMN cannot be built with logic, It might be able to be built by emotion. I think this is likely the root of many missing understandings? You can't stop the geeks/fashernista desire to fuckup but the is hope of mediating it with the #4opens that's about it.

The are issue's with algorithmic options in general “who guards the guardians” the #4opens are a safety feature that the #dotcon will remove. You would have to be very deluded to believe that #failbook works in a society sense no matter what individuals say, you should know this.

The Q. Is how to get a KISS project past alt apathy, geek complexity and fashernista... well just fashernista... #fashernesta = "stupid individualism" if your reading my older posts.

Part 2

Am more a #fuckup rather than #conspiracy type of guy but the lack of linking is a clear issue to be addressed.

The data, it's a soup, the sites are just spoons that dip. You get to choose by linking were the value is. Every one can have a spoon if they like (but talent will out, some spoons will have more value than others) so it's #4opens to linking and content. A silo is a single site like #failbook and the sites listed in this post. On the web the value is in linking content is just something to link to.

Silos host/horde content, if they don't link they have limited value.

None of the current alt/grassroots media projects link to each other. Message them and ask why and refuse to support them till they do #thecanary #Reelnews #RealMedia #Novaramedia is basic KISS of lefty/radical/progressive thinking.

What's the solution?

The minimum outcome a prominent small sidebar box front screen linking to other alt/grassroots project on each active project. it's a KISS no brainer and a line in the sand for lefty/radical/grassroots.

This can be done manually or as part of a bigger network project such as OMN


Looking at the tech and organising of UK alt/grassroots media. Do sites link to other alt-media projects? Do they support/display openweb standards (RSS)

First DRAFT (please message me with corrections/info)

the canary

Has a RSS feed, regular updates, copyright group silo, it has no outside linking


Their website is hacked/down so posted the #failbook link used to have RSS and regular updates. Anyone know what's happening? Update they hope the site is back online soon.

Real Media

They used to have an interesting website for the tec used, but it ended up being just a silo, they look like they are rebooting? Maybe a another silo? we shall see.

Update they are rebooting as a linking site, lets hope its not a silo.


Has RSS and regular content, they are a product of the #dotcon social media wave and good at it. Copyright/CC is not stated. The site is a silo with no outside linking


No RSS feed, starting to look a little “old left” regular updates, no copyright/CC notice. A silo with no external links

News & Print Media

The Bristol Cable - Bristol

No visible RSS feed, it kinda probably tries to obey the 4 opens maybe. It's a WP blog site in this it's a media silo with no external links.


Port Talbot Magnet

no visible RSS feed, it mostly fails the 4 opens due to copyright, data and organising. It's a WP blog site, in this it's a media silo with few if any external links.


New Internationalist - based in Oxford

Has RSS feeds, it kinda passes the 4 opens using a CC licence for its content.  It links to the visionOntv project.


The Ferret - Scotland, based in Edinburgh

Looks like the old media transitioning to the new media. No visible RSS feed or copyright/CC notice. Is trying to be “open process” looks like a WP site.


Strike! - based in London

looks like a archive of a print mag? Has a RSS feed :)


Positive News - based in London

Dated looking site, hard to read, no RSS feed and a strate copyright notice. A silo.

Slaney Street - Birmingham

Did not load

Manchester Mule - Manchester

 has RSS feed but last article end of 2015 so not an active site. Probably for fills the 4 opens.

Co-operative News - based in Manchester

Nasty looking site and no RSS, copyrighted, its a silo


Ethical Consumer

No RSS, copyrightish, old looking site.


Marlborough News Online

no RSS, copyright


West Highland Free Press

no RSS, copyright, its a silo.


Star and Cresent - based in Portsmouth (plan to be a co-op, but aren’t incorporated yet)

No RSS, no copyright notice? Its a silo.


Morning Star - based in London

has a RSS feed but its empty, copyright, silo.


Cambria Publishing Co-operative

publishes paper books?


Zed Books - London

paper books and online reading lists, no RSS I can see.

Sheffield Live!

copyright, has a RSS feed, looks bureaucratic open.


Blake House - based in London

no RSS, fashionable calling card website with out content, probably copyright?


Media Co-op -  based in Manchester (are they? Thought Glasgow based)

calling card website with out content, no RSS, likely copyright.


Ignite Creative - based in Oxford

calling card website with out content, no RSS, copyright.


Shedlight Productions - based in Southampton

calling card website with out content, no RSS, copyright.


Steel City Film and Media Co-op - based in Sheffield

its a #failbook page, maybe open?


Trafford Media & Communications - based in Manchester

(mostly a printer, but also do film production)

 calling card, no site.


The Community Channel

Community Channel

the granddaddy of NGO media, no RSS feed, likely copyright silo.


Jammu Kashmir TV

it has content, silo?

Open Audio

 has a working RSS feed


Inform My Opinion

Has working RSS feed but it fails in my pod catcher, its a page on a #dotcon?


has RSS feed, copyright, silo?

AMP Worcs

calling card.


A Television

Half finished calling card site.

hastings independent press

No RSS, no copyright/CC notice, a silo with no external links.

Copyright, no RSS feed, has some old school widgets which might show external links. Its a local news silo.



Has RSS feed and CC licence, no external links on front page, its a silo but better than most.




Has a RSS feed, its a silo but the is hope for it.



its a blog in the old school sense, has RSS



its a silo with no RSS and no external links


A lot of the orgional liks came from



The OMN is based on a simple understanding that the last 10 years have been wasted on #dotcoms and #encryptionists delusions. In this NGO's, activists and at-geeks have wasted the open webs potential to shift society to a more humain path.  

To move beyond this decaying circle we need to #reboot the basic infrastructure that has been allowed to decay. Early “web02” was based on open features that crossed website boundary's in a way unthinkable today. A partial list of has been complied here

The OMN project can be built out to overlap many of the projects listed, at its core it is Aggregation, linking and metadata. Its one of the steps for #reboot

Publishing – we have no problem with this though technically (though phones are becoming more of a isolation issue) the are lots of existing CMS and tools outside the #dontcons that can be used, many of them are kinda 4opens though most miss the KISS part.

Search – this is lost and hard to regain but the is space for a clever use of “adblocking” browser plug-ins replacing adverts with OMN content while obscuring the data mining that the #dotcons are cash powered by.

Comments – this is a hard one to solve but the problem is meditated by linking back to the source of articles. To OMN this part could be done with a a few open standards – but pushing this out would be hard. A back burner issue.

Responses – can use the existing “open standards” maybe choosing a KISS implementation to #reboot

Likes/Favourites – we build a back end version of this as core to the OMN, how to front end this is a interesting avant-garde project that we should implement in different “standard” ways after OMN boot up.

Updates – is core to what the OMN is.

Identity – try #rebooting a KISS implementation of the existing open standards use this in the OMN roll out, use it, but don’t push it hard as its going to be hard to overcome the #dotcom on this one.

Friends list – half core to the OMN, can attempt to #reboot this as part of the RSS “object” aggregation your identity is a object to be aggregated.

Following – is a core part of the RSS OMN project.

Syndication – this is the core of the project using existing tools based on RSS

API – a #reboot of Atom pub is a likely useful part of the OMN for the synchronisation of content.

Metadata – in the OMN this is a KISS fockonermy that a more systematic labelling rules can be built on. A KISS roll-out of the semantic web is what the OMN is about. Creative commons will be at its core.

Discovery and tagging – is what the OMN is and it allows easy uptake by alt-media producers, who dues not wont there content to be seen by more people and traffic driven to there sites.

Analytics – can be built up as the project expands, the current #dotcon tools will work fine on roll-out as its just the open web.

Advertising – is up to the individual sites (with reference to the CC licensing of content) the tools of the OMN could be used to roll out a #4opens advertising network if some one was interested. The creative use of “adblockers” has a roll here?

Aggregation – is what is core to the OMN the back end of this is no more than a “small number” of people. The output is as wide as the openweb allows and can be feed as links into the #dotcom

Time shifting & reading – can be added to the OMN tools using basic user RSS lists.

The Lessons - “there's (almost) nothing new under the sun.” this is at its core a #reboot of existing projects/standerds rolled out as KISS as possible with in the small existing network of alt/grassrots media. From there...

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