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Representative A. B. Franklin
Democratic, District 34

We believe that online video is a vitally important and often overlooked medium for engaging with our government at every level. Unfortunately, almost every contemporary branch of state government in the United States is pitifully behind-the-times in complying with basic best practices of publishing official video content on the open Web. State legislatures do not make video streams of their proceedings (e.g., legislative actions and committee hearings) available in ways that are fully open, much less sufficiently user-friendly.

Editorial note: as far as what's out there now, some official video for legislation in Louisiana is available on two video sites for the state House of Representatives (including, to their credit, a video RSS feed in the open XML standard, bravo) and Senate (no feed found, unfortunately). But clearly, the design of these video sites is un-user-friendly. The House makes video available via an un-user-friendly website in the obscure .asx video format. The Senate still uses a closed format for its video files: "We recommend using Windows Media Player...". In brief, the Louisiana legislature is far, far behind technical best practices in publishing and displaying online video for the public.

In the future, our goal is to aggregate useful video about every bill, issue, and member of state government here on OpenGovernment, all freely-licensed and made available in open standards to share & remix -- see how you can help.

Until such video is liberated, we're using the free and open-source Miro Community software to create a crowdsourced hub of publicly-available video content for each state government. Head over there to see what's new and add videos of which you know for everyone to access for educational and watchdogging purposes:


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