Drupal Association members fund grants that make connections all over the world.
By now you may have heard of Ourmedia.org, a project that connects a Drupal-powered front end with the unlimited storage and bandwidth of the Internet Archive. It went live, with some hickups, a little over a week ago, and now has over 9,000 users registered. Marc Canter and JD Lasica are the project founders, and continue to drive it forward.
People new to Drupal have started asking about the codebase associated with Ourmedia, so I'm writing up this short post mainly for them. Bryght helped developed portions of Ourmedia, most notably the glue code to the Internet Archive, funded by Marc Canter's Broadband Mechanics company. James Walker worked with Parker Thompson of the Internet Archive to get this code up and running. That will be made available, although developers will need to make their own arrangements with the Internet Archive.
Aside from that, many of the content modules were developed by Marc's partners in Delhi, Gaurav Bhatnagar and Ashish Kumar. We hope to see them as members of the Drupal community soon. The bulk of Ourmedia code is standard Drupal plus some contributed modules and fancy theme tricks.
Special thanks should also go to Michael Sullivan, Chris Whipple for theme support (especially the custom login code for PHPTemplate), and Stephen Downes for picking up the ball and finishing off the majority of the theme work.
So, if you're reading this because of Ourmedia....download Drupal, and let's get started.