Creating a Worldwide Digital Heritage with EM9


How do we capture knowledge?

In his TED talk, president and lead application developer of EnterMedia, Christopher Burkey describes the global need for the fair use of technology and regional databases of knowledge that belong to everyone.

Burkey describes the historical evolution of knowledge, from oral to physical knowledge, and our current shift to digital knowledge. Because our history and culture as a society is now stored primarily as digital knowledge, he notes there is a great importance for maintaining public control over that data rather than storing it in a profit driven corporate cloud. Corporate clouds and social media subject our data to terms and conditions, apply restrictions to how we use our own content, and even license it back to us. As we grow our knowledge pools, it is of growing importance to be conscious of who is the caretaker of that data.

Whether the motive is to use that knowledge for profit or the good of society is also important to consider, especially if we hope to allow future generations to access knowledge that are free of restriction or censorship via corporate or political policies.

Regionalism is also a necessary focus, especially as we strive to maintain our both global and regional heritage. Varying database solutions with individual controls allow for communities to have appropriate management over how they store their data and not lose the individualism of culturally based data, therefore maintaining diversity.

In closing, we are asked to challenge ourselves to consider how we as a society are building effective knowledge centers for ourselves, our communities, and our work.

Use an Open Source Media Database

EnterMedia 9.0 was recently released to meet the need of a world wide user base. Key features include:

  1. Easy Deployment RPM repository and installer on CentOS, RedHat or Ubuntu based servers
  2. Multi Language Assets The United Nations is using EnterMediaDB to publish in nine different languages worldwide.
  3. User Collections Greater compatibility with design applications including InDesign and Photoshop. Increased ability to sync changes and upload complex files or folders of files, as well as ability to edit this media straight in the database.
  4. Low Cost Hosting features low cost disk storage and scalability that can be moved to in-house at any time

Worldwide Deployments

Key deployments involve many large educational institutions including Harvard, Yale, University of Michigan, SDSU, Mohawk College and Weatherford College.

Non-profits are also deploying knowledge dabatabases, including Radio Canada, Mindset, Oceano, and Museumsdorf Cloppenburg

To build a digital library of your own, downloads and hosting are available at and