Making YouTube videos work better for IETF/IRTF participants

Spencer Dawkins at IETF <> Sat, 31 July 2021 14:32 UTC

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Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2021 09:31:28 -0500
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Subject: Making YouTube videos work better for IETF/IRTF participants
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I hope everyone had a lovely IETF 111, and rested up at least a little
before starting to read IETF e-mail.

So, full disclosure,I REALLY miss having MeetEcho posting archival videos
that synchronized the chat with the speakers and slides, etc. but we're
where we are now, so I'm going with that, and want to make a positive

Making our session videos available on YouTube is in many ways a good thing
for making them accessible to the world, but my recent experience poking
around at IETF videos on YouTube has been that searching for a specific
video from a specific IETF meeting doesn't work super well. Feel free to
try this, for past meetings of your own groups, and see what else pops up
along the way.

Rather than hoping that situation changes, I'm wondering if it's worth
putting links to IETF meeting session YouTube videos in the datatracker for
various groups under "Meetings", so I can "view all the past session videos
for QUIC, in order" without having to wander through spurious matches with
other videos, trying to remember if the group actually met at IETF 108, not
knowing whether a video has been uploaded from a session earlier in the
week, and stuff like that.

Specifically, I'm thinking about requesting that we either add a "Meeting
VIdeos" selection to pages like, or just include them as
part of the "Meeting Materials" for each meeting, perhaps appearing with
the agenda, minutes, and blue sheets at the top of pages like

Obviously, working group/research group co-chairs could add that to the
minutes, if they remember to do that, and are in a part of the world where
YouTube isn't blocked, but it would be better if that happened
automagically(*) when the YouTube video is uploaded, so we could pretty
much count on them being available. So, if I'm going to ask someone else to
do work, I should start with the goal in mind.

Would your working group/research group participants find making
your YouTube videos helpful?

Please share your thoughts, when you have a moment.



(*) I mean "automagically from the working group/research group chair
perspective". I've had too many conversations with secretariat folk, Greg
Woods, and tools team members to think that ANYTHING around here happens by
accident 😀