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Free Government Information (FGI) is a place for initiating dialogue and building consensus among the various players (libraries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, researchers, journalists, etc.) who have a stake in the preservation of and perpetual free access to government information. FGI promotes free government information through collaboration, education, advocacy and research.

Aids.gov podcast

The newest entrant to our government podcasts directory is the AIDS.gov podcast from the federal department of Health and Human Services. The podcasts are short videos (3-5 min) that focus on news and conversations about AIDS.  Despite the fact that these podcasts have been going out since February 2007, we seemed to have scooped our friends at usa.gov because I didn’t notice it on their Health Podcasts page as of October 16, 2007.

This is a decent example that publishing on the web isn’t the same as either distributing a document or proactively informing the public or press. Posting something to the web without further efforts means the content lays there until stumbled upon — in this case by my Google Alert that looks for podcasts in the dot gov domain.

In this particular case, I’m sure the aids.gov folks, far from hiding anything promoted their podcasts to their constituencies, but the effect for the rest of us was the same. We don’t find stuff like this unless we’re looking for it. Ideally, there should be some outlet – usa.gov, GPO, etc (I don’t know) where new content like this would be pushed out to people the moment it is published.

The Federal Digital System (FDSys) seems like it will promise this sort of functionality for government documents published with GPO’s knowledge. I’m looking forward to seeing how that promise holds up.



Total Recall: The Podcast

Weekly Recall Review is a 3-5 minute summary of product recalls and other consumer safety news from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. According to the podcast website, the 8/31/2007 show included "highlights back-to-school safety, including clothing with drawstrings, art supplies, playground equipment, portable soocer goals, and helmets"

This podcast joins its siblings on our government podcasts page. Have a listen and if you’re a podcaster, consider dropping in part or all of one of these public domain podcasts into your own podcasts.

FGI Podcast 3 – Sunlight Foundation, LOCKSS, Bats & Broadband

FGI Podcast #3 is now available. Our 45 minute show included the following segments:

Sunlight Foundation Interview
Sunlight Foundation
Open House Project

Scott Matheson’s LOCKSS presentation
Spring 2007 Depository Library Council Proceedings
Scott’s LOCKSS Slides

Podcast Sampler
Ohio Outdoor Notebook Radio SpotsOhio’s Little Brown Bats (July 12, 2007)

Outro – Broadband Connection downloaded from the Internet Archive’s Open Source Audio collection and created by Sinister Dexter. Used under Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.

Our theme music and bumpers came from Set Me Free by DJ Topshelf and downloaded from Podsafe Audio.


What did you think about today’s show? Let us know! We have three ways you can give us feedback or make suggestions for future shows:

– Make a comment on the show blog at http://freegovinfo.info/blog/154
– Send a text comment to admin AT freegovinfo DOT info
– Record an audio comment up to 5MB and e-mail it to danielcornwall AT gmail DOT com.

Text messages will be read on the air and audio comments will be played unless you ask us not to.

We’d love to have some listener feedback to make our show better and to have more content. So if you like, love or hate anything about our podcast, do let us know.

New Poll: We want your podcast feedback!

As episode 3 of the FGI podcast starts to go into production, we’ve opened a new poll asking your opinion about the two podcasts we’ve completed so far. The first episode was very scripted and the second episode more free form. Did you like either, both, neither? Let us know.

And if you’re in a commenting mood, please leave a comment here or on the poll page letting us know how we can improve the podcast.

If you haven’t heard our podcast yet, please go to our podcast page and check them out.

FGI Podcast #2 – FGI Roundtable, LOCKSS, Profile America, Scary Guy

Show notes for FGI podcast #2

Note: We still have things to learn about podcasting. This time it is audio leveling. The sound does go up and down a bit but hopefully won’t be too distracting. If you have tips about equalizing volume levels in Audacity, please send them our way in one of the comment options listed below:
Today’s 40 minute show had the following segments:

  • FGI Roundtable – Jim A Jacobs, James R. Jacobs, Shinjoung Yeo and Daniel Cornwall discuss what led them to work with Free Government Information and what we see as the big issues facing the government information community.
  • Elizabeth Cowell discusses the GPO LOCKSS pilot project at the Spring 2007 Depository Library Conference.
  • Podcast Sampler – we take a quick listen to Profile America, a podcast from the US Census bureau intended to be played by broadcasters. Check out other government podcasts.
  • Outro music – Scary Guy by Maria Daines used by permission. According to the story behind the song, this song was inspired by the global Scary Guy project.