Representative John Murtha
Republican, District 29
We believe that online video is a vitally important and often overlooked medium for engaging with our government at every level. Unfortunately, almost every contemporary branch of state government in the United States is pitifully behind-the-times in complying with basic best practices of publishing official video content on the open Web. State legislatures do not make video streams of their proceedings (e.g., legislative actions and committee hearings) available in ways that are fully open, much less sufficiently user-friendly.
Editorial note: Wisconsin does fairly well in making video re: members of state government available on their site Wisconsin Eye, although unfortunately the videos are published in the problematic Windows Media Format. While their site's web design compares favorably with those of the other four state legislatures in this beta version of OpenGovernment, the WI leg. still does not appear to make their video accessible in ways that are fully automatic (i.e., over API or for bulk download) or libre (i.e., freely-licensed) or via open standards (e.g., a video RSS feed of videos in an open-source file format).
In the future, our goal is to aggregate useful video about every bill, issue, and member of state government here on OpenGovernment, all freely-licensed and made available in open standards to share & remix -- see how you can help.
Until such video is liberated, we're using the free and open-source Miro Community software to create a crowdsourced hub of publicly-available video content for each state government. Head over there to see what's new and add videos of which you know for everyone to access for educational and watchdogging purposes:
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