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(Date: 7 September 2004)
This document was handed out at the UK Organising Committee meeting on the 16th May 2004 and a few days after, was circulated on various public email lists related to the ESF 2004.
NOMAD INTERPRETING SYSTEM
AN INTRODUCTION AND OUTLINE FEASIBILITY STUDY (04-06-04)
It is proposed that the UKOC and the Communications Working Group give the go ahead for an evaluation of the feasibility of implementing Nomad fully across the UK 2004 ESF.
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ADVANTAGES OVER COMMERCIAL SUPPLIERS:
Costs - should be significantly reduced compared to commercial infrastructure
Broadcast - as well as being distributed to the audience the audio can easily be broadcast across the internet if streaming servers are provided.
Archiving - audio content can be easily archived on the hard drive of a dedicated computer, to create a full audio archive - which can then be published as an online resource.
Development of alternatives - Nomad represents a break from the commercial model and can be seen as a project putting alternatives into concrete action.
Long term positive benefits for the ESF movement: the successful development of this system to be used on such a scale, will provide a lasting contribution to the ESF process, to be used in subsequent ESF events.
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SCALE OF IMPLEMENTATION REQUIRED:
Please note, these are only working figures for the time being and should not be taken as final. Assuming sessions for plenaries and seminars last for two hours, there would be potentially 8-10 over the course of the ESF. If there were 250-260 sessions in total, that could mean around 30-35 parallel sessions at any one time. We are now assessing the hardware, personnel and logistical requirements to implement the system on such a scale.
PREVIOUS RELATED COSTS:
Comparing costs with Mumbai is inappropriate due the completely different commercial realities between India and the UK. We are currently analysing the costs from the Paris ESF and will further review these figures to identify where cost savings could be achieved through the use of the Nomad system. The hire, delivery and installation of approx 130-150 booths, assuming four booths per room across all venues, will be a requirement regardless of the system used. There is the possibility that the computers required could be secured through donations and from existing computer recycling organisations.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND DELIVERY
Aiming for the full 30-35 venues is of course the goal, but it may be that it is only practical for a smaller number of venues. Nomad will need a budget for further development, a full time coordinator asap and a team of people working on the delivery of the system. Each of the venues would need setting up with Nomad and will require technical supervisors to operate the system. Volunteers could be drawn from the free software community, technical trade unions, and university students. The feasibility study would have to estimate the number of people required to create, install and manage the system while in operation.
We call upon to the UK ESF Organising Committee to engage with us in the development and implementation of this system which will provide a definite, positive contribution to the ESF 2004 and to the ESF movement as a whole.
Report prepared by NOMAD, Babels-UK and Indymedia Volunteers
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