The UPOU Digital Collective is proposed to be a means to build a self-sustaining community of content producers within the university, consisting of faculty, staff, students and alumni. Through this community, it is intended for multimedia materials be conceptualized, created, made use of, studied and improved upon cyclically. The goal for this evolutionary process is to create multimedia resources that are high both in quality and in quantity as time goes by.
Producing high quality media material is often associated with professionals and artists convening in one location, surrounded by specialized equipment. This conveyed a perception, that such a project can only be undertaken by a select few. This is perhaps why big mainstream artists were, and still are held in such reverence.
The advent of digital formats and high speed Internet brought about a revolutionary change. It became possible to transfer high quality content quickly across any two points with an Internet connection. It suddenly became possible for people to collaborate regardless of geography, as long as they can maintain communications with each other and properly record their parts from their respective locations.
The last one or two decades have also brought in major changes brought about by technological advancements. Audio equipment became smaller, cheaper, more readily available, and still maintain the capability of producing high quality content. It has now become possible to record, mix and master audio with little more than a laptop, a microphone and a small audio interface.
Perhaps most importantly, thanks to the open spread of information over the Internet, the knowledge essential to audio production has become more accessible than ever. While this information cannot automatically make professional recordists out of the average netizen, it does help eliminate much of the guesswork involved should one set out to make it on his own. The Internet has also allowed institutions to offer training and education for aspiring engineers and artists.
This project can be an ideal springboard or avenue for the constituents of UPOU to take advantage of these advances to create through collaboration.