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City Council Office
 Policy Order Resolution
  O-3
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  March 1, 2010
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
VICE MAYOR DAVIS
COUNCILLOR DECKER
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
MAYOR MAHER
COUNCILLOR REEVES
COUNCILLOR SEIDEL
COUNCILLOR SIMMONS
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY

WHEREAS: The ability to view live and recorded video of City Council meetings, committee hearings, and municipal events over the web is an increasingly desirable option for Cambridge residents to remain civically engaged and informed on the proceedings of their municipal government; and
     
WHEREAS: Councillor Decker's Order #8 of December 7, 2009 has previously brought attention to the problem that the City's current platform for delivering video content over the web (located at http://www.cambridgema.gov/webcast-splash.cfm) does not natively work on Macs; and   
     
WHEREAS: The solution for a Mac user to view City Council meetings live on their computer over the web, which requires the download and installation of Flip4Mac (from http://dynamic.telestream.net/downloads/download-flip4macwmv.htm), is not clearly explained on the City website and may lead people to unnecessarily spend money on purchasing a premium version of the product; and
     
WHEREAS: There are numerous companies offering alternative platforms the City could utilize to deliver video over the web for the same or less cost to the city, some of which are multi-national companies headquartered in Cambridge, including but not limited to BrightCove, Livestream, Ooyala, Vmix, Fliqz, Vusion, ExtendMedia, Endavo, and Kaltura; and 
      

WHEREAS:

Utilizing one of these platforms would not only provide better value to the taxpayer and solve the Mac issue, but would also bring to Cambridge the additional capabilities and benefits of a modern web video platform, including but not limited to: the ability to view city council meetings from a smartphone, the ability to email links to custom start points in a recorded video, the ability to comment and interact with Councillors and other residents in forums tied to individual videos, the ability for residents to share video on social media like facebook and twitter, the ability to search previous videos for specific agenda items, and the ability tie closed-captioning to videos of meetings; now therefore be it 
   

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Chief Information Officer of Information Technology to to evaluate available options and report back to the City Council with the results of that evaluation and a timeframe for transitioning to a modern web video platform.
    

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