U.C. Berkeley plans open-source software for lecture distribution

The University of California, Berkeley, plans to set up an open-source software project for widespread distribution of automatically made video and audio recordings of lectures and other events on campus, reports the San Francisco Business Times. U.C. Berkeley was one of the first universities to put full-length videos of its lectures on YouTube in 2007. Audio podcasts of many of the school’s lectures have been available online for years. The university already has spent $220,000 this year on this project, named "Opencast Matterhorn." Now, grants totaling $1.5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon and William and Flora Hewlett foundations will cover that expense and pay for further development of the system. Money from these grants will pay for open-source software that automates the recording and posting of academic content, cutting the cost of recording and uploading material. Until now, universities have been "stymied by high technical barriers and costs," the school says–even when they have wanted to distribute such content…

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