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Colmena, an inspiring experience in the development of digital tools
What is the future of community communication? How has the digital environment and the development of new technologies evolved? How do radios relate to new digital realities? These questions inspired the creation of the series of talks "Other ways to expand the radio", an event in which Colmena took part on October 20.

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Saci trás tópicos maturados pela Rádio Aocnchego nos seus 7 anos de transmissões. História, Tecnologias, Legislação, Política e Organização são alguns dos tópicos abordados. O Almanaque é um programa semana que estreia em Maio na Rádio Frei Caneca, a rádio pública da cidade do Recife.
La crianza de los hijos es una tarea de mucha responsabilidad tanto del hombre y la mujer sin embargo muchas veces en las comunidades este rol con más carga laboral doméstica acarea a la mujer, tal como nos cuenta Mónica Mayancha una mujer de 70 años de la comunidad de Curaray que salió a vivir a la ciudad quien tuvo 7 hijos.
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Muy Waso

Es la primera revista digital feminista de cultura y entretenimiento en Bolivia. Actualmente, ponemos todos nuestros esfuerzos en construir junto a nuestra comunidad el periodismo boliviano del futuro: feminista, creativo, colaborativo, rebelde, independiente e auto gestionado. Trabajamos un periodismo innovador y creativo con una mirada popular y diversa. Nuestras nuevas obsesiones son contar historias con … Read more

100% Mamans / الأمهات على الأثير هو مشروع لجمعية مائة بالمائة أمهات

يهدف المشروع إلى حماية وتعزيز الحقوق الاجتماعية والاقتصادية للأمهات العازبات المهمشات وأطفالهن في المغرب من خلال نهج مبتكر وتشاركي: إذاعة عبر الإنترنت تقدم العديد من البرامج التي أنشأتها مجموعة من ممثلات الجمعية (الأمهات العازبات ، المستفيدات للجمعية). من خلال هذه الإذاعة ، ستكون الجمعية قادرة على نشر نداءاتها بشكل أكثر فاعلية وتطوع ممثلين محليين ورأي … Read more

Radio Ada

Is a community Radio station that has been broadcasting on 93.3 MHZ since February 1st, 1998. It is located in Big Ada of the greater Accra Region of Ghana’s Southern zone.

Radio Vénégré

Est une radio communautaire implantée à Ziniaré chef-lieu de la région du plateau central. Elle est créée en 1998, c’est une radio qui couvre 80 KM de rayon en moyenne. Il existe différents départements au sein de la station, tels que la rédaction, la production, le web, les archives, la technique et la gestion.

Rádio Comunitária Aconchego

RCA é uma organização de comunicadoras e comunicadores populares que mantém o funcionamento de uma rádio web, um repositório de programas e podcasts, um blog e também promove formação para coletivos nas temáticas de Comunicação Popular e Soberania Tecnológica.

Radio Nefzawa / الاذاعة الاكثر قربا في تونس

اذاعة نفزاوة اذاعة نفزاوة هي اذاعة جمعياتية، انطلقت في البث على الويب سنة 2012 واهتمت في مضامينها الاعلامية بصحافة القرب من خلال طرح مشاغل المواطنين على مختلف شرائحهم وفئاتهم العمرية بولاية قبلي. عملت الاذاعة منذ انطلاقها علي الاهتمام بالفئات الهشة كما اطلقت مبادرة ميثاق اخلاقيات الاذاعات الجمعياتية في تونس. اكتسبت الاذاعة خبرة كبيرة في التسيير … Read more

Radio Sayaxché

Emisora educativa cultural de la Asociación de Servicios Educativos y Culturales ASEC, propietaria del programa El Maestro en Casa, que facilita la educación formal por radio en los niveles de primaria en español y bilingüe, básico y bachillerato. Estamos ubicados en Sayaxché, Petén, en el norte de Guatemala. Con la difusión de los contenidos de … Read more

Radio Rahma

Redio Rahma ilizinduliwa tarehe 28 Desemba 2004, masafa yakiwa ni 91.5 FM Mombasa. Studio zetu zipo Rockwall Plaza Mkomani-Mombasa. Radio Rahma inalenga kutangaza ujumbe wa Uislamu. Tunalenga Waislamu na wasio Waislamu kupitia utangazaji wa ubora wa juu wa vipindi vya kuelimisha ns kuburudisha. Ratiba yetu ya utayarishaji vipindi inategemea mahitaji na utofauti wa wasikilizaji wetu. … Read more

Copiô, Parente!

É um podcast semanal do Instituto Socioambiental, organização que trabalha há 27 anos com povos indígenas e comunidades tradicionais. Ele foi criado em 2017 com a finalidade de informar os povos e comunidades tradicionais sobre as decisões políticas de Brasília que afetam a vida dessas populações. Somos um podcast de política. Hoje a produção do … Read more

Colmena in a nutshell
Colmena is a software solution to create and share content, developed together with local and community media from the Global South. Colmena is free to use, commonly owned and 100% open source.
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A global alliance of community media
Colmena is committed to a co-created and collectively owned digital infrastructure. Our community is formed by active collaborators, not just users.
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Our story
The initiative was born as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, led by DW Akademie and the Mexican NGO Redes por la Diversidad, Equidad y Sustentabilidad A.C. The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economic development and Cooperation (BMZ) as part of the Global Crisis Initiative (GKI).
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What's all this fuss about?

Colmena bundles all essential tools for resilient local and community media productions in just one application. With our free an open source software you can: record, edit, do remote interviews, live-stream, meet and plan with your team, share files and publish from almost any digital device.

  • create

  • Record and edit interviews or audios directly on your mobile device and share them with other collaborators whenever you are online.

  • host

  • Host discussions with guests and experts in the Colmena virtual studio, for later editing or live streaming.

  • share

  • Coordinate and share work in progress with your colleagues using the specialized cloud service

  • co-create

  • Co-create and exchange content with other collaborators of the Colmena community, using the native web library, offering cloud-based sharing and storage.

  • publish

  • Distribute and publish audios and posts created with Colmena on your website, social media or podcast platforms.

Record and edit interviews or audios directly on your mobile device and share them with other collaborators whenever you are online.

Host discussions with guests and experts in the Colmena virtual studio, for later editing or live streaming.

Coordinate and share work in progress with your colleagues using the specialized cloud service

Co-create and exchange content with other collaborators of the Colmena community, using the native web library, offering cloud-based sharing and storage.

Distribute and publish audios and posts created with Colmena on your website, social media or podcast platforms.

  • Suite

    The  lightweight app, PWA (progressive web application), performs on a wide range of mobile and desktop devices. Colmena is designed for easy online/offline creation and collaboration. This makes it an ideal tool for local and community media or content producers in crisis situations “on the move”, with irregular Internet access. Colmena enables you to create content that will be shared automatically once you are connected.

  • Multi-language approach for more digital diversity and inclusiveness.

    Colmena is committed to language diversity. Together with community media partners we have already translated the menus and manuals into: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, and Swahili. What is more: the app is build to easily integrate new languages. Additional translations can be generated collectively by the collaborators themselves

  • Open source: private and secure

    Colmena is free software and parts of the application are based on libraries and other free/open software and provide high standards of security. You can deploy an instance of Colmena on your own private server. Check out the Colmena code on GitLab.

Suite

The  lightweight app, PWA (progressive web application), performs on a wide range of mobile and desktop devices. Colmena is designed for easy online/offline creation and collaboration. This makes it an ideal tool for local and community media or content producers in crisis situations “on the move”, with irregular Internet access. Colmena enables you to create content that will be shared automatically once you are connected.

Multi-language approach for more digital diversity and inclusiveness.

Colmena is committed to language diversity. Together with community media partners we have already translated the menus and manuals into: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, and Swahili. What is more: the app is build to easily integrate new languages. Additional translations can be generated collectively by the collaborators themselves

Open source: private and secure

Colmena is free software and parts of the application are based on libraries and other free/open software and provide high standards of security. You can deploy an instance of Colmena on your own private server. Check out the Colmena code on GitLab.

Your favorite tools in one place

  • We call them honeycombs and they come with a chat protocol, encrypted, audio conferences and a corresponding folder structure to collectively manage all your documents.
    Honeycombs can be used by colleagues from one media or set up for networked collaborations between different partners.

  • Whatever your device is:

    if comes with a mic or a line-in, Colmena converts it into an audio recorder with vu-meter and quality compression.

  • Your space to interact with guests and experts in virtual round table discussions and collective online interviews. All talks can be recorded or shared live as audio-streams.

  • Trim interviews or edited complete podcast episodes from your mobile or desktop device. Local edits can by synchronized with the cloud storage for collective editing.

  • A handy tool to co-edit meeting notes, scripts or articles. You can also insert pictures from you galleries and collectively prepare publications.

  • Virtual spaces, similar to the honeycombs focusing on exchange and group work, driven by the collaborating media outlets. Create your spaces like save spaces for women, fact checking groups, digital rights dialogues, etc. Mini-manuals will guide your way…

  • Publish your content directly on social media like Whatsapp and Twitter. More custom made content outplays can be co-created.

We call them honeycombs and they come with a chat protocol, encrypted, audio conferences and a corresponding folder structure to collectively manage all your documents.
Honeycombs can be used by colleagues from one media or set up for networked collaborations between different partners.

Whatever your device is:

if comes with a mic or a line-in, Colmena converts it into an audio recorder with vu-meter and quality compression.

Your space to interact with guests and experts in virtual round table discussions and collective online interviews. All talks can be recorded or shared live as audio-streams.

Trim interviews or edited complete podcast episodes from your mobile or desktop device. Local edits can by synchronized with the cloud storage for collective editing.

A handy tool to co-edit meeting notes, scripts or articles. You can also insert pictures from you galleries and collectively prepare publications.

Virtual spaces, similar to the honeycombs focusing on exchange and group work, driven by the collaborating media outlets. Create your spaces like save spaces for women, fact checking groups, digital rights dialogues, etc. Mini-manuals will guide your way…

Publish your content directly on social media like Whatsapp and Twitter. More custom made content outplays can be co-created.

Alliances

Colmena believes in a connected world where alliances allow us to grow collectively. Meet our alliances made so far.

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"Transparency and media freedom - Crisis resilience in the pandemic"