Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez,
You may remember the FedFlix program from Public.Resource.Org. We got the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to send a couple dozen videotapes every month.
We digitized the tapes, and sent them back to the government with a DVD. No cost to .gov, and we got public domain data to post as high-res stock footage, plus great casual viewing on YouTube and the Internet Archive.
The program went well for a year, the DC folks were happy, and I'm pleased to say we were able to renew the Joint Venture, but with a twist. They're now sending a minimum of 100 tapes a month and we have rights to all 6,000 masters in their warehouse.
The first batch of video arrived and the Public.Resource.Org Factory has been going full-tilt. We've put out an average of 11.5 hours of new video every day for the last 11 days, including some amazing previously unseen-on-the-Internet flicks featuring James Cagney, a bunch of Disney stuff, historical films by John Ford, and an amazingly clueless judicial film on "Special Needs Offender: Cyber Criminals."
We put all our video in 3 places (some copies still updating or sorting):
1. YouTube (link)
2. Internet Archive (link)
3. bulk.resource.org, available for FTP and rsync as well as http. (link)
Did I mention this whole thing was no cost to the government? And, no cost to anybody … this is an unfunded project and we did it for about $350 in hardware costs.
My only question is why the government isn't cranking out 11.5 hours of new video per day. Enjoy.
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