After 11+ years in the business of government webcasting for over 900 agencies, we have released our first Granicus® Encoding Appliance that is optimized for government webcasting and proven to outperform off-the-shelf alternatives. It’s essentially a “plug and go” system that’s ideal for government agencies needing to deliver critical video content to citizens and internal audiences including public meetings, events, and community programming.
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When thinking about increasing opening government through technology, there is one essential tool that makes information easily available to the general public: keyword search. With Granicus, you can enable citizens and staff to search for legislation or topics with powerful tools. We recently released Advanced Search to help you do this with greater precision. I’m going to show you how to use this tool with RSS to receive live notifications when particular ordinances or issues are being discussed by your agency.
Are you looking for a way to distribute your videos across multiple pages on your website, beyond just the archive library you’ve created with Granicus? This is actually proven to be one of the top ways to attract more visitors to your content—we discussed this in a recent webinar, Webinar Highlights: Keys to Success with Government Video.
This post will show you how to use the Granicus Platform to do this. And, for end-users that just want to share already published government content on their own websites—there’s a tip in here for you too!
Blacksburg was named “The Most Wired Town in America” by Reader’s Digest in 1996. That’s quite an accomplishment! As the Virginia Tech community and town citizens became more wired, the town found itself needing to offer more and more services online. Add in the fact that WTOB, the town’s community access TV station, is only offered with Comcast cable and many people in town use other means to get broadcast programming, we needed to find a way to put our Town Council and Planning Commission meetings online.
The Product Development team has been investing a lot of time into enhancing the experience of our video player. Our goal is to make it easier for online audiences – citizens, news outlets, bloggers, and other content producers – to watch and publish video segments across external websites. Socializing government videos is an important part of Gov 2.0 initiatives.
Connecting with our clients in-person is so important. In our early years, when we only had a handful of clients, I traveled from city to city to meet with staff and learn about their needs. Today, this commitment to understanding government is even stronger, yet with over 750 clients it’s hard to maintain that face-to-face time. That’s why I wanted to hit the road this month.
Clients that attended the Granicus 2010 Open Government Forum last week, were in for a treat! We had three days jam-packed with learning and fun. We didn’t want a tough economy or budget constraints to stop our clients from continuing professional development, so we made it a priority to bring our Annual User Conference straight to our clients’ computers.