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Praise for GPO and “bootleg” withdrawal

As James Staub noted a few days ago, GPO has posted crystal clear audio of the recently closed Spring 2007 Depository Library Council meeting on a new podcasts page.

GPO’s page is a true podcast since they offer a subscription through iTunes. Thanks GPO!

Comparing their page with our podcast page, they have everything we had with the exception of the LOCKSS session. They also had several other sessions our recorder couldn’t get to.

Therefore, as a gesture of goodwill, we have pulled our less than perfect audio files from our podcast feed with the exception of the LOCKSS session. We congratulate GPO on its fine and swift work in making the work of the Council available to the entire community.

Assuming this is the way and schedule that GPO plans to provide future DLC/FDLP conference content, we will cease our duplication of audio effort, though we’ll still continue to post participant notes.

Keep up the great work!

More LOCKSS slides from Spring 2007 Depository Library Council

Patricia Kenly from Georgia Tech has given us permission to post her powerpoint presentation describing Georgia Tech’s LOCKSS program (PPT). I also added a link to it on our Spring ’07 DLC page. While I wasn’t at DLC, the information that I gleaned from Patricia’s slides is that LOCKSS is relatively easy to administer, the hardware is cheap, LOCKSS has quickly become the library’s primary strategy for digital preservation, and Georgia Tech is willing to share information with anyone. Thanks Patricia for the slides!

DLC Proceedings via podcast / conference page

We have updated our Spring 2007 Depository Library Council Conference page with audio recorded by FGI Volunteer James Staub. James, hard worker that he is, also contributed some rough transcripts.

As with our prior conference audio offerings, we suggest you play the sessions through headphones. Because we have to take along a portable audio recorder and can’t always sit near the speakers, the audio quality suffers. But the bits I’ve heard are still listenable.

But we have something NEW to offer as well. For the first time anywhere, DLC recordings are being offered as a true podcast. We’re not talking about posting a zipped folder of audio files weeks after Council closes. We’re talking about content being automatically delivered to your iPod, other portable MP3 player, or desktop computer. All you have to do is to subscribe to the podcast feed in iTunes or your favorite podcatcher software.

So, if you are a podcast listener, plug in http://feeds.feedburner.com/FgiPodcast into that podcatcher and start listening.

How much did it cost us to set up a podcasting feed? Zero.

We set up a free blog on Blogger, plugged it into Feed Burner to create something that podcatchers could latch onto and use free storage sites like OurMedia, etc to host the files.

It’s true that the audio quality of the recordings is far from perfect. But that isn’t the fault of podcasting it. GPO or a third party COULD podcast their higher quality audio in the same way and bear no expenses beyond the recording they are already doing.

Since we created a feed to distribute the DLC audio that James Staub worked so hard at getting for us, you can count on seeing an FGI podcast in the relatively near future. The audio quality will be much higher because we’ll control the audio equipment.

If you have suggestions for what should be in a FGI podcast, let us know either by commenting or sending a message to admin AT freegovinfo.info.