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Check out Episode 01 of Data Remediations from the Data Refuge

Check out the great new podcast initiative called Data Remediations from our friends at the Data Refuge. If the first episode shows anything, it’s that this podcast will be a must to listen to going forward as it’ll be chock full of interviews with interesting people working on various aspects of data use and preservation – and by the way, Jim Jacobs and I will be on a future episode to talk about our Free Government Information (FGI) efforts.

In this episode, hosts Patricia Kim and Bethany Wiggin introduce Data Remediations, a podcast connecting data with people and places through stories and art. Interviews with Eric Holthaus, Michael Halpern, Denice Ross, Margaret Janz, Tad Schurr, and the Environmental Performance Agency further contextualize the origins of Data Refuge and its storytelling project.

via Episode 01: Welcome to Data Remediations — Data Refuge.

Smithsonian: Blogs, Podcasts, RSS feeds

Smithsonian: Blogs is a good place to find all the blogs, podcasts, and RSS feeds from the Smithsonian Institution.

Did you know that The Smithsonian Institution Libraries is participating in Library Thing? I didn’t until I read it on the Smithsonian Libraries blog. (SIL Joins LibraryThing, Oct 1, 2008.) It is one of a dozen SI blogs.

And the podcasts look great! The Folkways Collection, Global Sound Live Vodcast Series, and more!

And, there are almost two dozen RSS feeds in addition to the feeds from the blogs and podcasts!

Welcome Outdoor Oklahoma!

Today we welcomed a new state agency podcast to our government podcasts directory:

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.

We’re always on the lookout for new podcasts by government agencies. If you know of that isn’t in our directory, let us know. Remember, to be a podcast, there must be a way to subscribe to the program. A pointer to a list of audio/video files that someone must visit to determine new content is *not* a podcast.

Senator Obama addresses Net Neutrality in Podcast from 2006

My Google Alert for podcasts works in strange ways. Today, for example, it sent me a podcast episode by Sen. Barack Obama done in 2006. Why it’s flagging it now, I don’t know.

But it’s an interesting episode that addresses a major FGI interest, net neutrality. You can find the episode at http://obama.senate.gov/podcast/060608-network_neutral/. I think he sums up the issues well:

"It is because the Internet is a neutral platform that I can put out this podcast and transmit it over the Internet without having to go through any corporate media middleman. I can say what I want without censorship or without having to pay a special charge.

But the big telephone and cable companies want to change the Internet as we know it. They say that they want to create high speed lanes on the Internet and strike exclusive contractual agreements with Internet content providers for access to those high speed lanes.

Everyone who cannot pony up the cash will be relegated to the slow lanes."

 If you’re aware of other candidate statements on Net Neutrality, feel free to post links to them in comments. Interestingly, Sen. Obama’s last podcast seems to have been on April 12, 2007. See all of his topics at http://obama.senate.gov/podcast/. If you’re aware of him podcasting somewhere else, let us know by leaving a comment.

New Podcast Directory Entry: Smithsonian Institution

A reader recently left a comment on our Government Podcasts Directory informing us about the Spotlight on Science podcast from the Smithsonian Institution. This led us to the Smithsonian Institute podcast portal at http://www.si.edu/podcasts/. According to the 2007-2008 US Government Manual, the Smithsonian Institution is a quasi-official agency of the US Government and so fits our critera of a federal agency.

The podcast portal page has a wide variety of podcasted programs, including:

Interestingly, the Spotlight on Science that we were originally pointed to isn’t listed on the portal page. That may be because its last podcast appears to have been from April 2007.

If you know of a federal, state or local government podcast that isn’t listed in our directory at http://freegovinfo.info/node/174, please leave a comment on the directory page, or here, or send an e-mail to admin AT freegovinfo.info.