374Fulldome user community web site
- Aug 2, 2004At DomeFest this year a number of us content developers and theater
operators discussed the need to create a user-centric vendor-neutral
fulldome community resource. I get redundant questions from clients and
interested parties all the time (as I'm sure most of you do), and this
could be a great way to efficiently build on information that's already out
there. Additionally it could be used as a focal point for sharing research,
knowledge, and information about the evolving digital dome theater field.
This mailing list and Yahoo group is an excellent start (a million thanks
to Ryan), but it needs to be expanded into something from which newcomers
can easily find useful information. There are already some great online
information resources spread around at museums, universities, vendors and
elsewhere, but creating a neutral user-run site would hopefully encourage a
broader range of contributions on which we could all build.
To get this rolling, I've registered http://fulldome.org with the hopes of
using it to focus on both the science and art of immersive theater
development.. It's running the open-source Mambo content management
system (http://www.mamboserver.com/), but much of the functionality is
not currently enabled (including user accounts, forums, specific mailing
lists, galleries, etc). The idea is to create a resource as useful as
http://www.vjcentral.com and http://www.vjforums.com are to the
VJ community or as informative as http://slashdot.org is to
geeks. Might as well dream big...
I unfortunately won't be able to make it to the fulldome BOF, but please
consider discussing an outline of next steps for this resource.
Specifically, I'd like to see a list of needs/wants developed and a
gameplan for implementing them on the site. A number of us are currently
working on a fulldome theater survey (as was discussed as IPS), but what
else would be truly useful for this small but expanding field? Here's a start:
- User-updateable link database
- Calender of events, conferences, and festivals
- Results of surveys (theater listings, shows available for licensing)
- Techniques (cgi, post production, live capture, programming, audio
- Hardware/Software reviews
- Profiles of users
Don't be shy about a wish list - it's easy enough to phase in the sections
one at a time. Keep in mind that this site will not be solely focused on
planetarium and astronomy issues (even though these are by no means
excluded). There are many different digital dome theater applications,
sizes, and configurations, so the site will focus on the issues effecting
everyone working within the medium, regardless of the subject of their content.
Finally, we need volunteers to help with site development and
administration. Contact me if you're interested, but please include exactly
what skills (graphic design, daily forum/link administration, custom PHP
programming) and time you can commit. We can eventually get sponsorships to
help pay for the upkeep, maintenance, programming, etc once this has proven
its usefulness, but for now I'd like to just get some feedback on these ideas.
I'll keep everyone informed via this list as development progresses.
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