Drupal Recording Initiative

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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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Financial Contributions

Recurring contribution

Support me!

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

Starts at$5 USD / month

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+ 8
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 instructions, pre-event training, and remote support!

$250 USD

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+ 2
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 regional equipment hubs.

$500 USD

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One-time contribution

Hit the red button!

Sponsor my travel and I will record your event! This covers my travel and accommodations, with excess funds going towards new equipment and offsett... Read more

$1,000 USD

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+ 4
Goal

Record DrupalCamp London

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

$1,606.20 USD of $1,750 USD raised (92%)

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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 equipment sharing.

$2,000 USD

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Custom contribution

Donation

Make a custom one-time or recurring contribution.

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Events

Drupal Recording Initiative is hosting the following events.

Past event

New England Drupal Camp

01:00 PM UTC
https://nedcamp.org/
Past event

DrupalCorn Camp (shipped kits)

01:00 PM UTC
https://2019.drupalcorn.org/
Past event

DrupalCon Amsterdam!!

12:00 PM UTC
https://events.drupal.org/amsterdam2019
Past event

Texas Camp (shipped kits)

12:00 PM UTC
https://2019.texascamp.org
Past event

BADCamp

12:00 PM UTC
https://2019.badcamp.org/
Past event

Baltimore DrupalCamp (shipped kits)

12:00 PM UTC
https://www.bmoredrupal.com/
Past event

Drupal GovCon

12:00 PM UTC
https://www.drupalgovcon.org/
Past event

Decoupled Days

12:00 PM UTC
The only conference on the future of CMS, headlessCMS, and decoupledCMS
Past event

Drupal Camp Asheville

12:00 PM UTC
https://www.drupalasheville.com/
Past event

Design 4 Drupal

12:00 PM UTC
https://design4drupal.org
Past event

Drupal North Summit Montréal

12:00 PM UTC
http://www.drupalnorth.org/
Past event

Drupal Camp Chattanooga (shipped kits)

12:00 PM UTC
https://www.drupalcampchattanooga.com/
Past event

Twin Cities Drupal Camp (TCDrupal)

12:00 PM UTC
https://2019.tcdrupal.org/
Past event

Drupal Flyover Camp

12:00 PM UTC
https://www.flyovercamp.org/
Past event

Drupaldelphia

12:00 PM UTC
https://drupaldelphia.org/
Past event

BoF at DrupalCon Seattle

02:45 PM UTC
Let's discuss the future of recording
Past event

MidCamp (Midwest Area Drupal Camp)

12:00 PM UTC
https://midcamp.org/
Past event

NERD Summit

01:00 PM UTC
https://nerdsummit.org/
Past event

Drupal Mountain Camp (shipped kits)

01:00 PM UTC
https://drupalmountaincamp.ch/
Past event

Florida Drupalcamp

01:00 PM UTC
https://www.fldrupal.camp/
Past event

DrupalCamp NJ

01:00 PM UTC
https://www.drupalcampnj.org/

Top financial contributors

Organizations

1
Midwest Open Source Alliance

$5,000 USD since May 2019

2
Bounteous

$4,000 USD since Feb 2020

3
Drupal Events Switzerland

$2,000 USD since Jan 2019

4
BADCamp

$2,000 USD since Oct 2019

5
Drupal Camp London

$1,750 USD since Nov 2019

6
Drupaldephia - Phila Area Tech Assoc

$1,500 USD since Apr 2019

7
Kansas City Drupal User Group

$1,000 USD since Apr 2019

8
Drupal North Association

$1,000 USD since May 2019

9
MidCamp

$1,000 USD since May 2019

10
Design 4 Drupal, Boston

$1,000 USD since Jun 2019

Individuals

1
Florida DrupalCamp

$1,500 USD since Jan 2019

2
Board

$1,000 USD since May 2019

3
Allan Chappell

$480 USD since Jan 2019

4
Adam Bergstein

$330 USD since Jan 2019

5
Chris Weber

$250 USD since Jun 2019

6
Brandon Williams

$250 USD since Oct 2019

7
Incognito

$250 USD since Oct 2019

8
Baddý Sonja Breidert

$230 USD since Nov 2019

9
Benji Fisher

$190 USD since Jan 2019

10
Jacob Rockowitz

$165 USD since Jan 2019

Drupal Recording Initiative is all of us

Our contributors 45

Thank you for supporting Drupal Recording Initiative.

Kevin Thull

Admin

$25 USD

Let's get this party started!

Bounteous

$4,000 USD

Drupal Events...

Equip a regional hub!

$2,000 USD

We're so excited to record the upcoming Drupal ...

BADCamp

Hit the red button!

$2,000 USD

Drupal Camp L...

Record DrupalCamp London

$1,750 USD

Florida Drupa...

Hit the red button!

$1,500 USD

Drupaldephia ...

Hit the red button!

$1,500 USD

Thanks Kevin for your help with our first virtu...

Kansas City D...

Hit the red button!

$1,000 USD

Excited to have your help recording Flyover Cam...

Drupal North ...

Hit the red button!

$1,000 USD

Thanks again Kevin for coming to Drupal North a...

Board

Hit the red button!

$1,000 USD

Drupal4Gov

MidCamp

Hit the red button!

$1,000 USD

Budget


Transparent and open finances.

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Today’s balance

$9,159.83 USD

Total raised

$26,276.01 USD

Total disbursed

$17,116.18 USD

Estimated annual budget

$2,213.72 USD

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News from Drupal Recording Initiative

Updates on our activities and progress.

March #DrupalRecordingInitiative Update

March was a crazy month and I neglected my regular updates. Between touristing in London, recording #DrupalCampLDN in person, flying back home just hours before the UK travel ban kicked in, adjusting to life in quarantine, working with m...
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Published on April 3, 2020 by Kevin Thull

93.55% capture at Florida DrupalCamp 2020

I'm running out of witty things to say, so I'll just get to it: here are the #FLDC20 sessions on
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Published on February 24, 2020 by Kevin Thull

100% capture at #DrupalCampNJ 2020

This past weekend was my first event of the year, and it's good to be back at it. Here is the full list of #DrupalCampNJ sessions on
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Published on February 3, 2020 by Kevin Thull

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

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Kevin Thull

Admin
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