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UNESCO Launches Stakeholder Consultation on Handbook for Community Multimedia Centres

18-07-2002 ()
UNESCO Launches Stakeholder Consultation on Handbook for Community Multimedia Centres
- UNESCO is currently consulting stakeholders in order to seek their views on a practical guide explaining how to set up and run community multimedia centres and other multimedia information service providers. The book will give an account of all the main components of this process, the basics of how to organise and manage day-to-day operations and will cover the most important issues that arise in sustaining their activities.
This publication will complement a multi-media, interactive training kit currently being developed by UNESCO and a group of stakeholders including APC, OneWorld, Panos and AMARC. The book will also complement UNESCO’s Telecentre Cookbook and Community Radio Handbook. Both of the new publishing projects are specifically focused on the creative and development potential of linking the Internet to more traditional communications technologies (especially radio), particularly within the community media sector.

Stakeholders are being asked to give their views as to what themes and issues this book would most usefully include and the form and style of the publication. At the outset, proposed topics to be covered include design and location of CMCs, choice of appropriate technologies, varieties of community media centres, staff, skills, getting started and keeping going, organizing, local content production, research and sustainability.

Don Slater (d.slater@lse.ac.uk) and Peter Lewis of the London School of Economics are coordinating the consultation.
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