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Re: Recording teleconferences?

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2009 19:10:38 +0200
To: "Vicki Stanton" <vicki.stanton@gmail.com>, public-html@w3.org
Cc: "John Foliot" <jfoliot@stanford.edu>, "Jonas Sicking" <jonas@sicking.cc>, "Matt May" <mattmay@adobe.com>, "Laura Carlson" <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, "Dan Connolly" <connolly@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.uyprb0mb64w2qv@annevk-t60>
On Sat, 15 Aug 2009 11:42:21 +0200, Vicki Stanton <vicki.stanton@gmail.com> wrote:
> I hope the transcript issue doesn't get in the way of the argument
> for/against recording the teleconferences. It does seem to me,
> however, that we should be enthusiastically leading the way, not be
> dragged kicking and screaming into compliance with W3C policy.

Right, the problem from my point of view is that we are already having inaccessible meetings. Although it is said that meetings are not required to be attended, at least one of the chairs obviously considers they are useful and is encouraging more people to attend. And if you cannot attend all you have is minutes which are generally crappy or some kind of summary on a blog, such as


and you hope it is accurate.

To help with this situation I suggested to make the meeting audio public so people who cannot attend because they are sick, are in the "wrong" timezone, do not have a working Skype installation on the laptop they have with them (my excuse for last Thursday), get access to the raw data so they can get a bit more insight.

Initially it was a question whether the W3C Systems Team could manage it. When it turned out I or someone else could easily do the recording it became a social and legal problem. And now I'm being told that in order to publish that data I first have to find some money source that donates USD 80 each week to get the minutes transcribed. The result of all this negative energy is of course that it will not happen at all and nobody gets any better. I think that's a shame.

(I also think this is a problem with WCAG. Once it gets more and more into government regulation data will just be hold back because it becomes too costly to publish. I was a in Dutch government media related meeting a little over a month ago and apparently there's a 100x increase in cost in getting already recorded videos accessible. In not so many words it was stated that if things actually became required it would just mean that a bunch of data would get lost. That would be terrible in my opinion.)

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Saturday, 15 August 2009 17:11:31 UTC

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