India Standards Updated
We have processed a new posting of standards from India. This includes 105 new 2013 documents as well as updates to over 200 of the existing standards. You can find these standards on our site for access using multiple protocols, An easy way to see what's new is to look at the Internet Archive public safety collection, which has a nice "what's new" feature.
I'll be traveling to New Dehli in mid-November to discuss our work with senior government officials and to participate in a government-sponsored roundtable. We've focused much of our global efforts in making public safety standards available on the U.S. and India, which are not only the largest democracies in the world but both have long traditions and strong legal support for access to the law. It is gratifying to see such strong support for our efforts in India.
We're hopeful once we win our legal skirmishes here in the U.S. that the rest of the world will follow the lead of the big democracies and make legally-mandated standards available to all. Access to public safety standards is crucial for the safety of our homes and workplaces, but is also an invaluable tool for educating our youth and for promoting world trade. This information is far too valuable to keep locked up behind a cash register.
What Else Do You Do at Public.Resource.Org? Does Government Ever Support Your Efforts?
Many of you have asked what we do in our nonprofit besides make public safety standards available. I thought I'd spend a second and talk about our FedFlix program. This program, which originally had great opposition from within government circles, has turned into a classic win-win public partnership. Although we get some push back today on our efforts to make standards available, in the last 20 years we've often been able to overcome that opposition and convince government to embrace change and work with us, as has happened with FedFlix.
In the U.S. we worked directly with the Archivist of the United States as well as the Departments of Defense and Commerce to place over 6,000 videos on-line. You can find those videos from our "FedFlix" program on both YouTube and the Internet Archive. The program used volunteers, was done at no cost to the government, and has resulted in over 50 million views.
One of my hopes in my upcoming visit to India at the invitation of their government is to be able to discuss steps we might be able to take to make some of the video archives more widely available. Just imagine, for example, if the videos of the period shortly before and after independence were more widely available. That would be a tryst with a new destiny. As my host in India, the Honorable Sam Pitroda has often said, with knowledge a new India can be reinvented.
I leave you with the inspirational words of Jawaharlal Nehru on the eve of Independence and my hope that many more such videos can be made available. Thank you again for your support.
Jai Hind. Jai Code.