Established in May 2011, the Open Media Cluster (OMC) is a Rome-based research, training and innovation center for content and technology based on emerging Web standards (HTML5.x), open innovation, user experience design, privacy- and security-enhancing technologies applied primarily to mobile, TV and mobile-to-TV use case scenarios in entertainment and various emerging ICT and media sectors.
Its current activities revolve around the €6,5M+ Open Web Next (“OWN”) project and grant proposal, with private and public funds, to develop an innovative modular mobile/TV communication and media fruition and creation platform, centered on open Web standards, FirefoxOS and a beyond state-of-the-art end-to-end security and privacy architecture, User Verifiable Social Telematics, in conjunction with leading Italian and international partners.
By Q3 2014, it will expand operations around OWN project, and other related projects, and move its current Open Media Hub activities at the to a new temporary location in Rome city center.
By early 2016, it will be moved to become the innovation heart and core of the Open Media Park, that will constitute EU second largest media production complex with its 47.000 sq.mts. and 14 co-investing and localizing media sector partners. Inspite of the current Italian economic and financial crisis the Park remains a financially solid technology park development project and it’s becoming a public flagship of Italian economic resurgence.
OMC embraces the principles of open innovation using emerging Web standards such as user-driven innovation, collaborative consumption, co-working, p2p pedagogy, but also business acceleration, crowd-sourcing, crowd-funding. It aims to constitute a catalyst and a community builder for a de-facto alliance for media content owners/producers/broadcaster/publishers and telecom operators to affirm themselves in the open Web platform and effectively contrast OTT platforms.
OMC is supported by 9 world leading partners that have signed to date extensive non-binding MOUs in regards to their intention to “co-invest”, localize and/or “co-manage” media innovation and production activities within the Open Media Park related to open web and video technologies: Kaltura (Venturebeat e Huffington Post see it as among the 5 most promising startups in 2013) – UCLA School of Cinema, Television and Theatre – Studio 301 – Qantm – SAE Institute – The Net Value – Facoltà di Scienza della Comunicazione La Sapienza – Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica La Sapienza – Centro CATTID La Sapienza – BIC Lazio – Kit Digital.
OMC has a world leading Advisory Board and a very large consensus by stake holders, major Italian Communication operator, politician, Environmental associations, technical and economic as shown by the participation to the Open Media Forum on June 2012, and the upcoming Open Media Forum II in October 2013.
Has attracted the interest of top tech and business heads of the largest Italian media companies, major experts and key politicians, have accepted to come and discuss publicly about the Open Media Cluster project during the June 21th 2012 Open Media Forum. Among those speaking in support: Rai, Telecom Italia, Mediaset, Fondazione Bordoni, Fondazione Rosselli, and others.
At the moment, the Cluster is backed by private funds for 1.8 million Euros, already committed on the condition of the beginning of construction activities for the Park. Other commitments for 3 million Euros will follow within about two months. Negotiations are already ongoing with current partners, in order to set up co-investments (with global leaders in open web innovation and primary Italian media companies) and localization of joint activities and usage of the several services of the Cluster.