Smart video collections keep appearing on YouTube. But rather antithetical to the ethos of its parent company (Google), YouTube unfortunately makes these collections difficult to find. So we’ve decided to do the job for them. These enriching/educational videos come from media outlets, cultural institutions, universities and non-profits. There are about 70 collections in total, and the list will grow over time. If we’re missing anything good, feel free to let us know, and we’ll happily add them. You can find the complete list below the jump.
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- Google has lots of famous visitors speaking at its headquarters, and they’re all recorded and neatly presented here.
- Al Jazeera English
- The Middle Eastern news service, which has generated its share of controversy, now airs broadcasts in English and presents them here.
- Amnesty International
- The leading human rights organization brings you various videos outlining human rights concerns across the globe, and the work they’re doing to improve conditions.
- A series of videos promoting programs coming out of Britain’s main media outlet. Unfortunately many of these videos are short and not entirely substantive. A missed opportunity.
- BBC Worldwide
- Big Think
- This collection brings you videos featuring some of today’s leading thinkers, movers and shakers.
- These videos are brought to you by the makers of the very popular BoingBoing blog.
- Brooklyn Museum
- A fairly rich lineup of videos exploring the collections at Brooklyn’s main art museum.
- Charlie Rose
- PBS interviewer Charlie Rose presents segments of his nightly interviews.
- Citizen Tube
- YouTube’s own channel presents videos dealing with the American political process and the 2008 election.
- Computer History Museum
- A good number of videos that delve into computers, networking, and semiconductors.
- Council on Foreign Relations
- A resource designed to provide insight into the complex international issues challenging policymakers and citizens alike.
- Videos that keep a close eye on the inner-workings of the American political process.
- Delivers video presentations from the world’s great writers, leaders, activists and thinkers.
- Guardian Unlimited TV
- The Guardian brings you videos that make the television world its focus.
- A video collection from one of the most popular technology web sites.
- Google Tech Talks
- The name kind of says it all.
- Provides outtakes from new HBO productions. The videos are all short and largely promotional. Give us some beef, sirs.
- A free online video site focused on natural health information. Presents information from 50 health specialists.
- KQED on Demand- San Francisco
- Media provided by the public broadcasting company in the San Francisco Bay Area. I drink at this well daily.
- Videos highlighting the art collection, public programs, and temporary exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
- National Geographic
- The collection is rich, but the videos are short. Another instance where the provider could use the medium to offer more substance/depth.
- New Scientist.
- Videos and vodcasts covering science, technology, space, the environment and a whole lot more. An international team of expert journalists brings you the latest innovations and ideas in science and technology, from the wonderful to the worrying to the weird.
- Short video outtakes from PBS’s popular science program.
- Promotes new PBS programming with painfully short videos.
- Political videos with a progressive bent.
- Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
- The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s mission is to promote in-depth coverage of international affairs, focusing on topics that have been under-reported, mis-reported – or not reported at all.
- Videos show the latest happenings at NASA and new developments in space exploration.
- Reuters Video
- The latest video from Reuters.
- Provides video clips from original series and films airing on the Sundance Channel.
- The Commonwealth Club (San Francisco)
- Videos coming out of the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum, presenting topics ranging across politics, culture, and society.
- The Commoncraft Show
- The Common Craft Show is a series of short explanatory videos by Lee and Sachi LeFever. The goal is to fight complexity with simple tools and plain language.
- The Davos Question
- Every year, global leaders attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to discuss how to better the world. Here you get to see what they have to say.
- The New York Times
- All the news that’s fit to stream.
- The New Yorker
- The official video channel of The New Yorker magazine.
- The Nobel Prize
- Brings you fascinating insights into the minds of current and past Nobel Laureates.
- The Onion News Network
- A good dose of funny videos from The Onion. Good for when you need some comic relief.
- The Real News
- The Real News Network is a global online video news network that listens to and is dependent solely on its audience. No ads. No government subsidies. No corporate sponsorship.
- The Research Channel
- Based out of the University of Washington, the ResearchChannel brings together content from leading research and academic institutions.
- The World Bank
- Videos coming out of the institution whose goal is to rid the world of poverty..
- The YouTube Screening Room
- Provided by YouTube itself, this collection presents high quality, independent films to web users and promises to roll out four new films every two weeks.
- TED Talks
- Generally engaging videos coming out of the annual TED conference. Features important thinkers from different walks of life.
- WNYC Radio
- Videos provided by WNYC, New York Public Radio, the largest public radio station in the US.
- World Economic Forum
- The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
- Yad Vashem
- Containing the world’s largest repository of information on the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is a leader in Holocaust education, commemoration, research and documentation.
- 92nd Street Y
- Pretty much anyone and everyone on the cultural radar passes through the 92nd Y in NYC.
- University of California – Berkeley
- Arguably the most substantive YouTube collection out there. Features a large number of free courses, plus numerous lectures given by important figures.
- Indian Institute of Technology/Indian Institute of Science
- Presented by the leading technology institutes in India, this collection features more than 50 free courses. Obviously has a strong technology/engineering bent.
- MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
- Makes available many of the videos produced as part of MIT’s leading OpenCourseWare initiative.
- Stanford University
- Newly launched, the collection already features a couple hundred videos, including several free courses.
- UChannel (Princeton)
- Spearheaded by Princeton, this collection aggregates quality videos coming from a consortium of major universities.
Other University Collections
- Auburn University
- Hard to separate the intellectual substance from videos that have a more promotional & internal bent. But some of the former is there to be found.
- Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School
- The videos hosted here look at how the digital world and the law intersect.
- Carnegie Mellon
- Among other things, this collection features the highly popular video: Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.
- Duke University
- Individual videos explore the research coming out of one of America’s leading universities.
- Duke’s Fuqua School of Business
- Similar to Duke’s main collection, but focused on business.
- EGS (The European Graduate School)
- This European collection features important, contemporary theorists, philosophers, and filmmakers.
- Harvard’s Bok Center
- A small collection focused on pedagogy.
- Old Dominion
- A little bit of a hodgepodge but there’s some interesting items in the mix.
- Ohio State
- So far not an overwhelming use of the medium.
- Otis College
- Original videos from Otis College of Art and Design. Includes demonstrations of artistic techniques. Take for example this video that will teach you how to draw a portrait.
- Oxford University – Saïd Business School
- Rather internally focused. Not much in the way of educational content per se. But let’s keep our fingers crossed that it eventually offers more.
- Purdue University
- Again something of a hodgepodge. Wheat and chaff.
- Sonoma State
- A more intellectually robust collection that features a fair amount of notable lectures.
- Tulane University
- You can access some of the speeches by esteemed guest speakers here.
- University of Arizona
- You can sort through a good number of talks here.
- University of California TV
- UCTV pulls together videos from the campuses, national laboratories, and affiliated institutions of the University of California.
- University of Chicago Press
- Though still modest in size, the collection features some interesting items.
- University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
- The collection is substantive on the whole. You will need to sift through the videos to find ones of interest.
- UCSF Memory & Aging Channel
- UCSF, one of the leading medical schools in the US, features videos that will “educate patients, caregivers and health professionals about the various forms of neurodegenerative diseases.” The diseases covered here include Alzheimer’s, Frontotemporal dementia and Creutzfelt-Jakob
- USC (University of Southern California)
- Vanderbilt University
- An eclectic mix.
Great list! Thanks
is the right link to Aljazeera English
Thanks, for the heads up on the broken link!
Great list — especially for librarians and academics looking for quality YouTube videos and channels! Thanks so much.
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