The Georgia Archives sought a way to make audio and video recordings easily accessible and searchable on the web. The Archives chose a solution based on the Microsoft Research Audio Video Indexing System (MAVIS) and Windows Azure. It now enjoys improved productivity and faster access to audio and video content for citizens, legislators, and other interested parties, and less work for the Georgia Archives—all with minimal costs and no IT issues.
Microsoft has since enlisted solution provider GreenButton—named Windows Azure Partner of the Year in 2011—to help early adopters such as the Georgia Archives to continue to use MAVIS and to make it commercially available to other organizations. Carmicheal is evaluating a proposal from GreenButton for a turn-key approach, in which recordings of all legislative sessions will be uploaded to a website hosted on Windows Azure.Indexed recordings will be live and searchable within 24 hours, so that anyone can hear for themselves exactly what Georgia legislators are saying.
We have some really good information in our audio and video archives, but until now, it was too difficult for people to find it
David Carmicheal, Director, The Georgia Archives