July 22, 2014

Gov Docs: Canada’s 132-year-old Hansard System Gets Modern-Day Online Upgrade

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From the Canadian Press (via Toronto Star):

Long before there was Facebook or Twitter, the closest thing MPs had to a “status update” was Hansard — the official transcripts of the debates in the House of Commons.

But a high-tech facelift for the 132-year-old publication hopes to merge the reporting requirements of old with modern-day technology, transforming what was once just a massive sheaf of paper into a living electronic document.

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Over the last year, a House of Commons team has been recoding the electronic version of Hansard to link together its various elements — text, audio and video — on the same page.

Online video of the Commons, which returns Monday from a week-long Thanksgiving break, has been available to the public since 2004, but it was never indexed; to see a particular MP, a user had to search through the entire day’s material.

Now, video clips pop up next to a transcript of the speech, alongside links to share content on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to an automatic feed.

Learn More About What’s New

Direct to Parliament of Canada Web Site

See Also: Openparliament.ca
This service has been online for several years and is mentioned in the article.

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