We’ve added podcasts from the State Department, House Democrats, and another California Republican Assembly (State House) member to our new directory of government podcasts. Check the page out, then let us know about any other podcasts coming out of your local, state, or federal government.
While government podcasts are an interesting and potentially useful way of distributing government information, they may not become part of the historical record of government.
Why? Podcasting uses audio format files, mostly MP3s as of this writing. While MP3 is all over the Internet, it is a propriety format. There is no guarantee that the specifications for the MP3 format will continue to be publicly available. It may become a victim of file format obsolescence, in which case software couldn’t be written to successfully read these audio files.
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