a platform report | by Karl Moubarak, Jara Rocha & Femke Snelting

June 19, 2024

Publication that brings together the main aspects that a website of a cultural entity should or could take into account in terms of sustainability criteria, with special attention to those that take the form of a platform and incorporate video content.

Download informe a una plataforma / informe a una plataforma / a platform report (available in ESP / CAT / ENG)

At the end of 2023 Hamaca decided to begin the complex work of building its new website. The aim was to continue formulating its presence on the internet whilst preserving as much independence as possible from large global companies, based on a criteria of accessibility to knowledge and sustainability of the infrastructures and people that support the page –aspects that were a priority in the design of the current website, inaugurated in 2014. For this reason, a phase 0 of work was organised in which, together with politically complicit activists, researchers, developers and theorists, the strengths and weaknesses of hamacaonline.net were analysed. Possible improvements were weighed up and a table of criteria was drawn up which, ideally, would accompany the decision-making process as closely as possible in accordance with the resources available.

This publication presents the report resulting from the commissioning of Karl Moubarak, Jara Rocha and Femke Snelting (TITiPI) at this phase. It brings together the main aspects that a website of a cultural entity should or could consider in terms of sustainability. The report is based on Hamaca's website and its upgrading project, but it also aims to serve as a reference for any type of project that documents and shares cultural materials, with a special dedication to those that include video, using hamacaonline.net as a case study.

informe a una plataforma / informe a una plataforma / a platform report has a starting point for reflection and a clear technical-political stance; it analyses the different infrastructural, use and maintenance dimensions of the web that could be taken into account; and it raises several questions about criteria that can help to make decisions when restructuring a web service.

<3 «Overall, we suggest that Hamaca should consider the process of reshaping the platform as a creative and collective experience about how to platform differently, and to keep that energy legible in the platform itself.»

The Institute for Technology in the Public Interest (TITiPI) is a trans-practice gathering of activists, artists, engineers and theorists initiated by Miriyam Aouragh, Seda Gürses, Helen Pritchard and Femke Snelting. We convene communities to articulate, activate and re-imagine together what computational technologies in the “public interest” might be when “public interest” is always in-the-making. We develop tools from feminisms, queer theory, computation, intersectionality, anti-coloniality, disability studies, historical materialism and artistic practice to generate currently inexistent vocabularies, imaginaries and methodologies. TITiPI functions as an infrastructure to establish new ways in which socio-technical practices and technologies might support the public interest.

Coordination and editing_ HAMACA
Text_ Karl Moubarak, Jara Rocha y Femke Snelting
Promotes_ Programa d’Economia Social and Departament d’Empresa i Treball
With the support of_ Ajuntament de Barcelona
Finance_ Ministerio de trabajo y economía social