On March 29th, 2012 we launched this Kickstarter project as a way for the community to contribute to the cost of the server for the DS106 website. In less than 24 hours we met and exceeded that initial goal of $4,200 and over the course of the following 2 weeks we raised over $12,000 to fund further innovation of this open online community. This has been an incredible testament to the power of the space we have created and we can't wait to see what comes next. For now, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
What is DS106?
DS106 is a digital storytelling course that began as a face-to-face course at the University of Mary Washington. In Spring of 2011, Jim Groom opened the course up to allow open online participants to join and become involved. That semester gave birth to a radio station, a TV station, an assignment bank with over 280 contributions, and an explosion of creativity and fostered community like never before. There are now 7 universities participating in DS106 formally with over 1200 open online participants that have generated over 18,000 posts. What’s more, the community is growing every day.
What does the money go towards?
For the past year DS106 has been hosted by a good friend on a virtual server and everything has gone fine. But the explosive growth of DS106 in the past 6 months has caused a tremendous load on the server as well as bandwidth costs. We’ve now moved to a grown-up server (in the cloud no less!) which comes with its own grown-up costs to the tune of over $2,800 this year. By backing this project you will help fund this open online community for the next year. If we go above and beyond that goal all money will be spent growing the community through Wordpress development, help cover the cost of additional years of hosting, fund ds106 Radio’s IceCast server, and support further growth.
What’s in it for you?
We’ve got lots of schwag for the DS106 community as well as some great rewards that harness the power of the community. Every contributor from $1 on up will go into the DS106 Hall of Internet Fame. You can get your own custom animated gif designed by a community member. Or how about the One-A-Day Daily Create calendar which challenges you to a creative task every day for the next year? What, you’re not in the calendar purchasing mood in April? That’s fine. However the air is mighty warm for this time of year, can we entice you take a look at these newly-designed, comfort-fit DS106 T-shirts created specifically for this campaign? You’ll take 3? God bless you!
Most importantly your contributions make this story possible. ds106 is not owned and operated by anyone. It’s not a venture capital-funded startup. It’s a community-driven course and as it grows, it increasingly depends upon the community for support. Your contributions make this open, online community possible.
None of this would have been remotely possible without you, the community. Thank you for playing a part in redefining the connection between educational courses and community. Let’s make art, dammit.
- (18 days)