Burlington’s “Civic Cloud” project awarded grant
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Posted by: Jeff Couture
The Civic Cloud Collaborative, launched by a group of eight
local organizations to build a "Civic Cloud" on Burlington’s gigabit
received a $35,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight
Foundation. The project will be a tool
for community organizers, nonprofits and civic hackers to develop public,
non-commercial Internet applications.The Knight Foundation grant will be used
to construct a prototype of the Civic Cloud over the next six months.
The Civic Cloud combines Burlington’s
fiber-optic gigabit network and donated servers to build a public access
Internet platform available to the community for non-commercial Internet
applications and digital creative works.
The Civic Cloud takes advantage of
Burlington Telecom’s gigabit Internet speeds—over 100 times the average
national broadband speed. The Civic Cloud will complement the work of BTV Ignite, a partnership between US Ignite and the City of Burlington.
BTV Ignite is an initiative to use Burlington’s gigabit infrastructure as a tool, testbed, and
accelerator for economic, educational and community benefit.
The Civic Cloud Collaborative is
comprised of Big Heavy World, CCTV Center for Media & Democracy, Channel
17/Town Meeting Television, Code for BTV (a
Code for America Brigade), Found
Line, Laboratory B, Regional Educational Technology Network (RETN), and Vermont
Community Access Media (VCAM).
More information on the civic cloud
project is available here.