[Reader-list] Fw:Pad.ma is looking for transcribers and annotators in Mumbai and Bangalore

ambarien qadar ambarien at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Mar 21 20:59:07 IST 2010

hi,Thought someone might be interested.Cheers, ambarien alqadar

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From: shaina a <kalakamra at gmail.com>
Subject: [vikalp] Pad.ma is looking for transcribers and annotators in Mumbai and  Bangalore
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Cc: vikalp at yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, 21 March, 2010, 13:56

*Pad.ma is looking for transcribers and annotators in Mumbai and Bangalore*

Pad.ma (Public Access Digital Media Archive, http://*pad*.*ma*<http://pad.ma/>)
is an interpretative, web-based video archive, which was launched as a
public website in February 2009. It works primarily with footage and not
finished films. Pad.ma creates access to material which is easily lost in
editing processes, in the filmmaking economy, and in changes of scale
brought about by digital technology. Unlike Youtube, the focus here is on
annotation, cross-linking, downloading and the reuse of video material for
pedagogy, research and reference. For more, see http://pad.ma/about.

Pad.ma proposes that film and video-based "production" can be thought of as
an expanded field of activity. For example, as a filmmaker publishing video
that is not a film, a researcher probing documentary images, a film editor
organising footage using the archive, a writer commenting on one or many
video pieces, or an institution offering material for public use.

Currently, the archive has some 500 contributions of densely-annotated video
material and 7 days 21 hours 53 minutes 35 seconds of fully transcribed
video footage. It contains full-length interviews, footage often left out of
documentaries, clips from commercial cinema, some finished films, recordings
of theatrical and dance performances, public talks and academic seminars,
etc. It covers a gamut of topics like redevelopment, transport, livelihoods,
community media, gender, sexuality, surveillance technologies, CopyLeft,
representational politics in cinema, and neighbourhoods in Mumbai, to name a

For a report on the ways in which users have engaged with Pad.ma, see:

(To read through annotations use the 9 and 0 keys to move forwards and

*A person doing transcription and/or annotation would*

* *

> Prepare videos for exhibition online: Transcribe them in detail, add
keywords and map videos on Google maps.

See ‘Collateral Damage of Breaking News’: http://pad.ma/Vt3ss7b7/editor

* *

> Assist Pad.ma users and contributors to do research for their Pad.ma

See the NGO Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan’s annotations:

> Research specific topics that emerge from existing Pad.ma material and
write annotations.

See Lawrence Liang’s critical annotations on cinema:

*We are looking for people who*

> are passionate about moving images and life around them.

> are keen to do a combination of transcribing, writing and research.

> are comfortable working with computers and people.

Transcribers and annotators can work out of the offices of CAMP, Mumbai (
http://camputer.org),  or the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore (
http://www.altlawforum.org), or as freelancers. They will report on a
day-to-day basis to the Pad.ma Content Coordinator.

Salary is commensurate with the applicant’s experience. Technical skills,
especially video editing, are a plus but not necessary. We welcome
applications from working professionals and students, from a variety of
fields and disciplines.

Please send us your CV and a paragraph outlining your responses to the
Pad.ma project. You can write to the Content Coordinator at subuhi at pad.ma.

***Pad.ma is best viewed in Firefox or Safari. It is not yet compatible with
Internet Explorer.***


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