Drupal Recording Initiative

Collective

Make the recording of Drupal and related talks at camps, summits, meetups (essentially anything outside of DrupalCon) easy, turn-key, affordable, and available.

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+ 26

17 individuals and 13 organizations have contributed

Recurring contribution

Support me!

Support my efforts and help cover some of my incidental travel costs!

Starts at

$5 USD / month

+ 5

9 individuals have contributed

One time contribution

Rent the kits!

I'll pack and ship kits (current max is 5) for you to use at your event, complete with instructio... Read more

$250 USD

2 individuals and 1 organization have contributed

One time contribution

Add a new red button!

This will purchase another kit to add to the mix. With enough kits, we can start creating regiona... Read more

$500 USD

1 organization has contributed

One time contribution

Hit the red button!

Sponsor my travel and I will record your event! This covers my travel and accommodations, with ex... Read more

$1,000 USD

+ 4

2 individuals and 6 organizations have contributed

Goal

Record DrupalCamp London

$1,750 USD goal

$1,606 USD raised (92%)

I will bring equipment and record DrupalCamp London, training as many people in the process as po... Read more

$1,750 USD

1 organization has contributed

One time contribution

Equip a regional hub!

This will purchase four kits and a shipping case that will be sent to a region for local equipmen... Read more

$2,000 USD

1 organization has contributed

Events

Event

New England Drupal Camp

Nov 22Nov 24, 2019
01:00
https://nedcamp.org/
Past event

DrupalCorn Camp (shipped kits)

Nov 6Nov 8, 2019
01:00
https://2019.drupalcorn.org/
Past event

DrupalCon Amsterdam!!

Oct 28Nov 2, 2019
12:00
https://events.drupal.org/amsterdam2019
Past event

Texas Camp (shipped kits)

Oct 18Oct 19, 2019
12:00
https://2019.texascamp.org
Past event

BADCamp

Oct 2Oct 6, 2019
12:00
https://2019.badcamp.org/
Past event

Baltimore DrupalCamp (shipped kits)

Sep 27Sep 27, 2019
12:00
https://www.bmoredrupal.com/
Past event

Drupal GovCon

Jul 24Jul 26, 2019
12:00
https://www.drupalgovcon.org/
Past event

Decoupled Days

Jul 17Jul 18, 2019
12:00
The only conference on the future of CMS, headlessCMS, and decoupledCMS
Past event

Drupal Camp Asheville

Jul 12Jul 14, 2019
12:00
https://www.drupalasheville.com/
Past event

Design 4 Drupal

Jun 26Jun 28, 2019
12:00
https://design4drupal.org
Past event

Drupal North Summit Montréal

Jun 12Jun 14, 2019
12:00
http://www.drupalnorth.org/
Past event

Drupal Camp Chattanooga (shipped kits)

Jun 7Jun 8, 2019
12:00
https://www.drupalcampchattanooga.com/
Past event

Twin Cities Drupal Camp (TCDrupal)

Jun 6Jun 8, 2019
12:00
https://2019.tcdrupal.org/
Past event

Drupal Flyover Camp

May 31Jun 2, 2019
12:00
https://www.flyovercamp.org/
Past event

Drupaldelphia

May 10May 10, 2019
12:00
https://drupaldelphia.org/
Past event

BoF at DrupalCon Seattle

Apr 11Apr 11, 2019
02:45
Let's discuss the future of recording
Past event

MidCamp (Midwest Area Drupal Camp)

Mar 20Mar 23, 2019
12:00
https://midcamp.org/
Past event

NERD Summit

Mar 9Mar 10, 2019
01:00
https://nerdsummit.org/
Past event

Drupal Mountain Camp (shipped kits)

Mar 7Mar 10, 2019
01:00
https://drupalmountaincamp.ch/
Past event

Florida Drupalcamp

Feb 15Feb 17, 2019
01:00
https://www.fldrupal.camp/
Past event

DrupalCamp NJ

Feb 1Feb 3, 2019
01:00
https://www.drupalcampnj.org/

Top financial contributors

Organizations

1

Midwest Open Sour...

$4k USD since May 2019

2

Drupal Events Swi...

$2k USD since Jan 2019

3

Drupal Camp London

$2k USD since Nov 2019

4

Kansas City Drupa...

$1k USD since Apr 2019

5

Drupaldephia - Ph...

$1k USD since Apr 2019

6

Drupal North Asso...

$1k USD since May 2019

7

Midwest Area Drup...

$1k USD since May 2019

8

Design 4 Drupal, ...

$1k USD since Jun 2019

9

BADCamp

$1k USD since Oct 2019

10

Lullabot

$500 USD since Feb 2019

Individuals

1

Florida DrupalCamp

$1k USD since Jan 2019

2

Board

$1k USD since May 2019

3

Brandon Williams

$250 USD since Oct 2019

4

Incognito

$250 USD since Oct 2019

5

Allan Chappell

$210 USD since Jan 2019

6

Adam Bergstein

$110 USD since Jan 2019

7

Chris Weber

$60 USD since Jun 2019

8

Benji Fisher

$55 USD since Jan 2019

9

Jacob Rockowitz

$55 USD since Jan 2019

10

Mary Salome

$45 USD since Mar 2019

What's new with Drupal Recording Initiative

Stay up to dates with our latest activities and progress.

100% capture at #DrupalCorn Camp...a first for shipped kits!

DrupalCorn rented the kits recently and I'm thrilled to report that Brian Webster @bwebster719 successfully captured all the sessions! That's a first for shipped kits...great job Brian! You can check out the videos here at https://drupal.tv/curated-playlists/drupalcorn-camp-2019 #DrupalTV
Published on November 14, 2019 by Kevin Thull

100% capture at #DecoupledDays2019!

The wait is over! All 42 Decoupled Days session videos are finally on #DrupalTV: https://drupal.tv/curated-playlists/decoupled-days-2019
Published on November 6, 2019 by Kevin Thull

96% capture at #DrupalCon Amsterdam

It's funny, because people assume I record #DrupalCon. Well, last week I did thanks to the generous support of Pantheon. I captured 106 sessions with the help of an amazing group of volunteer room monitors, while @SirFiChi recorded the main auditorium keynotes and sessions. Truly an honor. Check out all the DrupalCon Amsterdam videos on #DrupalTV: http://drupal.tv/curated-playlists/drupalcon-amsterdam-2019
Published on November 3, 2019 by Kevin Thull

Budget

See how money openly circulates through Drupal Recording Initiative. All contributions and all expenses are published in our transparent public ledger. Learn who is donating, how much, where is that money going, submit expenses, get reimbursed and more!

Donation to Drupal Recording Initiative

Paul Johnson | 11/15/2019 | View Details 
+$10.00USD
Kevin Thull | 11/10/2019 | View Details 
-$419.06USD
Kevin Thull | 11/10/2019 | View Details 
-$347.60USD

Today’s balance

$1,156.65 USD

Estimated annual budget

~ $17,020.32 USD

Drupal Recording Initiative is all of us

Our contributors 31

Everyone who has supported Drupal Recording Initiative. Individuals and organizations that believe in –and take ownership of– our purpose.

Kevin Thull
Collective Admin

Total contributions

$25 USD

Let's get this party started!

Midwest Open ...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$4,000 USD

Drupal Events...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$2,000 USD

We're so excited to record the upcoming Drupal Mountain Camp and then all upcoming Drupal User Group meetups from now on. Thank you for m...

Drupal Camp L...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,750 USD

Florida Drupa...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

Kansas City D...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

Excited to have your help recording Flyover Camp! https://www.flyovercamp.org

Drupaldephia ...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

Drupal North ...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

Thanks again Kevin for coming to Drupal North and doing that thing you do ;) See you in Montreal in a couple weeks!

Board
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

Drupal4Gov

Midwest Area ...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

Design 4 Drup...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

BADCamp
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

About

Purpose

Make the recording of Drupal and related talks at camps, summits, meetups (essentially anything outside of DrupalCon) easy, turn-key, affordable, and available.

Roadmap

The beginning of this initiative evolved organically and overall successfully, but without a plan. Following are the goals for the next five years.

Training and mentorship

I’ve proven that I can do this and do it very well. My goal is to spend an increasing amount of time teaching and supporting others to repeat my success.

  • Improved camp support – I already offer support for a few camps, primarily via email and Slack before and during events; need to schedule more check-ins during events
  • Post event – Schedule post-event calls to debrief and discover gaps in documentation and training
  • Ongoing solicitation for contributors – Identify and somehow organize a group of people that can manage the recordings whether I’m on-site or not to continually spread the knowledge and coverage; the goal here is one new contact per event

Expanded coverage

While it sounds impressive to directly or indirectly record nearly all North American camps, it’s not enough. There are many more events than just camps, and there’s so much more to the world than North America.

  • Shipping kits – I’ve shipped to two events in 2018. The goal is to double that each successive year until there is sufficient global coverage of camps and larger events; smaller events like meetups would need to be covered by local equipment hubs, detailed below
  • Funding for equipment hubs – Navigating customs can prove tricky and equipment hubs within countries or regions would mitigate that risk; possible sources include crowdsourced funding or the Drupal Community Cultivation Grant
  • Expanding beyond Drupal events – An early goal was to make a device-agnostic recording solution, so it only makes sense that it also should be content-agnostic; primary focus would be adjunct communities: WordPress, PHP, Symfony, Javascript, etc.

Improved documentation

Moving existing docs to GitHub was a step in the right direction. More visuals are needed.

  • Record a setup video
  • Record a troubleshooting video
  • Add more pics and diagrams
  • Create docs for speakers: what to bring, what to do, what not to do, how to optimize your laptop for presenting, etc.
  • Create docs for organizers: what is provided, what is needed from the venue or camp, what speakers need to know, what room monitors need to know, etc.

Higher recording success rate

In 2018, the capture rate based on my documentation and remote support was 80-85% versus 92-100% when I was on the scene. The goal here is to bridge that gap.

  • Better pre-event support and onboarding
  • Broader support for USB-c
  • Improved coverage for non-Mac audio issues
  • Better prep for volunteers and contributors for on-site coverage

Streamlined funding

This is an expensive endeavor, and I couldn’t do it without camp donations, and reimbursements for airfare and lodging. At the same time, incidental costs (food, entertainment, commuting, etc.) add up, and the current model limits me geographically.

  • Charge a flat fee of $1,000 per event (airfare and lodging typically runs $350-$750)
  • Roll surplus funds into new equipment and subsidized travel to events outside North America
  • Maintain existing crowdfunded campaign to cover personal costs (whether current GoFundMe or an alternate)
  • Potentially seek sponsorship or Drupal Community Cultivation Grant

Overall organization

This is definitely the squishiest part of the roadmap. Solo, this is easy to manage. But to grow, I need tools and I don’t know the best ones for this type of work.

  • Contacts – What is the best way to manage the growing list of contributors, as well as give recognition?
  • Scheduling – There should be an event calendar with ways to sign up as a recording volunteer
  • Accounting – There should be an open way to manage the funds
  • Outreach – What is the best way to publicly and continually reach out for new contributors, and to grow the base of recorded events?
  • Inventory – We need a managed inventory of equipment, who controls them, whether they are available or on loan, their condition, etc.
  • Options:
    1. Drupal.org community project
    2. GitHub project board
    3. Slack channel (they already exist in Drupal Slack and the Organizer Slack)
    4. Public meetings
    5. Other / All of the above

Content discoverability

I am not the only person recording sessions, but I am definitely the loudest and most prolific. But my tweets and siloed camp YouTube channels are not optimal for the greater community to find content. I don’t have the bandwidth to do this personally, but would contribute.

  • We absolutely need a Drupal equivalent to Wordpress.tv (several solutions are in the works, but that also has been the state of things for years)
  • Aggregate content from all events, including DrupalCon
  • Include curation and content authors to annotate various versions of the same talk, or even unpublish older or largely repetitive versions
  • Add tagging for searchability
  • Add captioning for accessibility
  • Promote local events as well as the Drupal project