Just wanted to let you know about a project that I’m working on that Algolia was kind of enough to give us some pro-bono search capacity for. Right now, most US cities have their city hall footage trapped behind a rather obtuse service called Granicus. Here’s a sample video of a San Francisco City Hall meeting: http://sanfrancisco.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=10&clip_id=28293.
Our idea was to make these videos more accessible by:
- Uploading them to YouTube
- Making their transcripts searchable with Algolia
You can see our WIP here: http://govtv.herokuapp.com. You can try searching for something like “housing” to see all the SF meetings that reference that word.
Our stack is currently just Rails with a lot of background workers to mirror uploaded videos to YouTube, but we’ll probably be using React to flesh out the frontend experience soon, too!