Deptford.TV is an online audiovisual database primarily collecting media assets around the Deptford area, in South-East London, UK, in collaboration with SPC.org media lab, Bitnik.org, the OWN, Southspace and Goldsmiths College. Since September 2005 Deptford.TV functions as an open, collaborative platform that allows artists, film-makers, researchers and participants of the local workshops in and around Deptford, and also beyond Deptford, to store, share, re-edit and redistribute their footage and projects. This raw material as well as edited media content is available on the Deptford.TV database under an open content license such as the Free Art License, the Creative Commons SA-BY License, and the GNU General Public License.
The open and collaborative nature of the Deptford.TV project demonstrates a form of shared media practice in two ways: audiences become producers by submitting their own footage, and the database enables the contributors to interact with each other. This research operates in the context of a European political discourse, where the main concern is counter-cultural approaches to non-mandatory collaboration and contractual agreements. FLOSSTV (Free, Libra, Open Source Software TV) covers a broad range of practices, from television via documentary up to media arts productions.