Segment 1: What is Free Government Information
Segment 2: Government Information in the News
- FGI story on State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources
- FGI story on AALL testimony in support of full funding for GPO
- American Association of Law Libraries
- Special Library Association
Segment 3: Government Podcast Sample - This Week at NASA
Let's have a warm welcome to the newest podcast in our government podcasts directory:
District of Columbia Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency - Brief video programs for the public on crime, criminal offenders and the criminal justice system. Some episodes in Spanish.
It's been one of those crazy weeks with lots going on. So rather than blog all the things that I had planned to blog about this week (and last week while in Seattle for ALA!), here's the list of open tabs on my browser. Ahhhhh, I feel better now :-)
- Sloan Foundation funds "open" alternative to Google Book Search [Shoutout to Rick Prelinger!]
- Copyright, DRM Technologies, and Consumer Protection March 9 & 10, 2007 ~ University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
- The Daily We: Is the Internet really a blessing for democracy?. article by Cass R. Sunstein
- Why reference and authority matter [Thanks jessamyn!]
- GODORT's new wiki!. Try it, you'll like it!!
- How to disable Google personalized search. For you privacy nuts...er...concerned folks out there.
- Jake Appelbaum lecture on anonymous communication. And another for the privacy-concerned.
- WIPO anti-podcasting treaty refuses to die
- BoingBoingBoing podcast 9: Matt Haughey of MeFi
- Sen. "Series of Tubes" Stevens introduces DOPA II: the sequel
Podcasting is a way to deliver audio content to portable players. Despite the "Pod" in the name, you do not need an iPod to listen to the downloaded files.
An increasing number of governments and elected officials are finding podcasting a useful channel to inform their citizens. While not endorsing podcasts as the ultimate channel of government information (Do you want to hear the statistical abstract podcast?), FGI wishes to commend the governments and elected officials below for their innovation in communication. If you know of a government podcast not listed here, please send the URL where the podcast can be found to dnlcornwal AT alaska.net.
If a state or federal entity has an one-stop podcast listing, only that page will be listed. Otherwise we will list all podcasts for that entity separately.
- USA.gov Federal Podcasts listing - Official listing of federal podcasts by subject.
- Elected Officials
- Federal Agencies
- Census Bureau
- Department of Defense
- Air Force:
- Navy Podcasts - Service wide podcast portal. Features Navy/Marine Corps Radio News - A two-minute recap of current events for and about The U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.
- Pentagon Channel Podcasts - Daily newscasts from America's military.
- Environmental Protection Agency - Podcast portal
- Government Accountability Office (GAO)
- Health and Human Services
- Aids.gov Podcast - Broadcast since February 2007, mix of news and discussions about AIDS.
- Daily HealthBeat Tip - "Launched on July 11, 2005, this service provides health promotion and disease prevention tips 5 days a week in audio and text formats." Site encourages broadcasters to use tips with attribution. Probably good for podcasters.
- Healthcare 411 - "Healthcare 411 is a free online resource that educates and empowers consumers with evidence-based information. Produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), these weekly audio programs feature consumer-friendly health news and information."
- Housing and Urban Development
- CoreCast from US Geological Survey - Earth Science oriented podcasts from 5 to 20 minutes in length.
- NASA Podcasting Page - Links to several audio AND video podcasts of education and science programs at NASA.
- National Archives
- Presidential Libraries Uncovered Podcast - From the website, "Each month, we broadcast historical clips from the Libraries' collection, ranging from serious policy discussions to conversations with family members. Listen to the voices of Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. We'll add a new podcast often." A feed is also available.
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Physics Laboratory. - These MP4 podcasts contain an audio recording of the seminars, plus copies of the slides used by the speakers, synchronized approximately with the audio track. Currently one must subscribe to this podcast through the Apple iTunes store using keyword NIST.
- National Library of Medicine - MedlinePlus: NLM's Director's Comments - Weekly highlights of What's New in MedlinePlus.gov are narrated by the U.S. National Library of Medicine's Director.
- NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) Podcasts
- National Weather Service
- Office of National Drug Control policy - Brief stories relating to drug abuse and control efforts.
- SAMHSA Radio Newsline Podcast - 60-90 second public affairs reports and substance abuse news segments.
- State Department
- Smithsonian Institution Podcast Portal- Variety of audio and video podcasts on arts, science, history and more.
- Voice of America - Portal page offering a variety of news and culture programs. Offers a "Special English" news podcast which uses a limited vocabulary of 1,500 words. Broadcasters read at a slower pace than standard English.
District of Columbia Podcasts
- Mayor's Weekly Press Conferences
- Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency - Brief video programs for the public on crime, criminal offenders and the criminal justice system. Some episodes in Spanish.
- Governor's Weekly Address - Intro page provides detailed instructions on using podcast software.
- Assemblyman (State House) Kevin McCarthy
- Assemblyman (State House) Russ Bogh
- Local Governments
- State of Delaware Podcast Feeds - Includes podcasts on history and saving energy.
- Illinois - Podcast portal - Currently includes Gov, Lt. Gov and Historic Preservation Agency podcasts.
- Podcast Portal - Includes feeds for Governor and General Assembly.
- MS Arts Commission's MS Arts Hour - "The show features interviews with Mississippi artists, musicians, craftspeople, and others involved in arts and culture from around the state."
- Governor Podcasts - Subscribe via iTunes
- Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service Interchange podcast
- Podcasting Across Nebraska - Not a podcast itself but a state program aimed at encouraging local government podcasts.
- Local Governments
- New York
- North Carolina
- Local Governments
- OH DNR Ohio Outdoor Notebook Radio Spots - Minute podcasts designed to be used in radio shows.
- Outdoor Oklahoma - This is a video podcast of a weekly TV show produced by the Department of Wildlife Conservation. It appears to be archived on iTunes.
- South Carolina
- South Carolina Educational Television Commission ETV Podcasts - Mix of NPR feeds with locally produced, SC focused programs.
- Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) Podcasts - Mostly summaries of LRB publications on various public policy issues or elements of the Wisconsin constitution. All of the podcasts are 5-7 minutes. The Legislative Reference Bureau is the first WI agency to produce podcasts.