Podcast Generator (PG) was originally developed for the academic environment, where teachers often lack the technical skills (or the time) to manage dealing with technicalities (e.g. creation and maintenance of an RSS feed) of publishing a podcast and prefer to focus on producing quality content for their students.
The original idea of PG came from Marco Lazzari, associate professor of computer science at the University of Bergamo (Italy), in December 2005. He wanted to distribute podcast lectures to his students.
For this reason, Alberto Betella (who, at that time, was a student of prof. Lazzari) started the development of a web-based application that would allow teachers and educators to easily create a podcast by simply uploading multimedia content ("as if it was a webmail attachment") without the need to deal with technicalities, such as RSS feed creation and update. With this in mind, PG is conceived to be extremely simple to use and easy to customize, yet still powerful.
PG gave life to "Pluriversiradio", one of the the first academic podcasts in Europe. The idea was pioneer at that time if one considers that iTunes U, a service by Apple to distribute educational content in podcasting, wouldn't be announced until one year later.
PG has reached 132k downloads (just) on SourceForge, it counts several thousand active users and it has been cited in a number of scientific publications and books.
This article first appeared in the SourceForge Official Blog.