DNN in 2014 – Opening Everything Up

We’re making some changes around here. You might have seen the new Events and Coverage Calendar, or the updated Score Submission page, or the WFTDA Rankings page; you might appreciate the uptick in the amount of news being posted or myriad other things.

We’re also expanding our volunteer crew a little bit more. After welcoming in a bunch of new writers last year–many of whom can be seen on the staff page–we’re doing some more this year. Julia Childless was the first addition for 2014–she is now our MRDA Editor and is taking responsibility for all things men’s derby this year.

Left 4 Deadwards and Chelsea Fristoe–who started recapping for DNN during playoffs last year–are now your Division 2 correspondents. They will be leading the charge covering action outside the top 40 in the race for playoff spots.

We have also got a small crew of volunteers working on something that is key to DNN’s ongoing mission–they’re trying to collate all the video streams of all the derby going on around the world so that we can more effectively share them with you all. We’re also working on some new technical tools to make sharing these feeds easier, and to display them better. We’ll have more on that for you in the coming weeks.

Photos of skaters from all over the world at the 2011 World Cup. Photo: Joe Mac (licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Photos of skaters from all over the world at the 2011 World Cup. Photo: Joe Mac Creative Commons Licence

We have never been a commercial operation in any practical sense, and never intend to be. However, we’re changing a few fundamental things to make that clearer, treat everyone more fairly, and be more transparent.

We’re a community news site that does our best to cover competitive roller derby–we are both a service to the community and a product of it. Everyone involved in DNN either competes, officiates, announces or has done at some point in the past. We’re all volunteers; the site’s advertising has historically covered the costs of keeping the site on the web and other basic running costs–very occasionally we manage to help with some of the core staff’s expenses in operating the site too, and some of our advertisers have paid in trade so that some volunteers get something other than a warm fuzzy feeling from their hard work and long hours providing you with content and data.

We are going to be as transparent as possible in 2014-15 with our finances so that you know exactly how much money we have coming in and what it’s being spent on. We’re also being a lot more proactive about finding ways to support both our volunteers–who often have a particularly thankless task–and derby businesses by giving them much more of an option to advertise their services and pay for this in trade where services are useful to our staff.

Also in the spirit of openness that we think should permeate derby culture, all content we publish is going to be free (as in speech) as well as free (as in beer) too.

All Derby News Network content published henceforth will be released under a standard Creative Commons license: specifically, the Attribution 4.0 International license.

This means that with DNN content you are free to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially. All you have to do is give credit to DNN or the individual author if he/she is identified, and indicate if you’ve made changes to the original. That’s it. We’re doing this because all our content is created with your support: all our writers are part of the community, and everything that we do is for the benefit of the community. It only seems right that we give what we do back to the community.

This, as it did during playoffs, only applies to our written content. All of the photographs we use are with permission of the photographers, and they will still be allowed to be as restrictive as they like about the licensing of their photographs–but we would encourage the release of web-size photographs under the same license terms too. As part of this, we’re now going to offer photographers 500 ad impressions across DNN and Derbylife per story they provide photographs for if they are copyrighted and released to us–but we’ll offer 1000 to anyone who releases those versions of those photos under any creative commons license so that the rest of the community can use them too. This will be up to a maximum of 20,000 earned impressions per quarter.

Creative Commons Licence.

Lex Talionis

Lex is the Content Director for Derby News Network.