C-SPAN’s Online Archive

This is pretty major.

C-SPAN plans to announce tomorrow that they have been uploading every minute of video they have from 1987. Around 160,000 hours. They have roughly 10,000 more hours to add between the year 1979 (when the network began) and 1987.

What is going to be key here is the searchability.

From the NYT article:

One of the Web site’s features, the Congressional Chronicle, shows which members of Congress have spoken on the House and Senate floors the most, and the least. Each senator and representative has a profile page.

This is sure to bring a smile to many journalists faces and a frown to many politicians.

The LA Times coverage was a snarky blog post.