Washtenaw County launches video webcasts

May 2, 2007 by  
Filed under News

(May 2, 2007) Washtenaw County has launched a video webcast of all county meetings. The county has been broadcasting live meetings on the Internet for over a year. Now an archive of those meetings is available on the Internet.

One great feature of the service is the agenda is tied to the video. So you can quickly skip to a specific agenda item and immediately see the video. There are also links to supporting documents so you can watch the video and at the same time view a PDF of a written report that is being presented.

County officials said they had spoken with a number of vendors receiving bids of up to $70,000 for initial setup of the service plus some $1,700 a month in hosting fees. County IT was able to put together the system for around $1,500.

Perhaps the City of Ypsilanti could look at a similar system. It would save money on the recording of minutes and make it much easier for citizens to learn more about the inner workings of their government. In the mean time, YpsiNews will keep recording City Meetings and posting them on the web.

A tip of the hat to the County for putting their meetings on-line.


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