The Oral History Review

Volume 40 (Issue 1 Winter-Spring 2013) of the Oral History Review is a special issue that builds on and extends Screen Shot 2013-06-03 at 8.27.43 AMthe work of the Oral History in the Digital Age (OHDA) Project. That project began with a grant proposal to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the National Leadership Grants category. The original intent of OHDA was, essentially, to articulate best practices for oral history in the digital age, emphasizing the collecting, curating, and disseminating phases of the oral history trajectory, with a specific focus on technologies, intellectual property, and digital video. The original project proposal was submitted by MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters & Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, in partnership with the Oral History Association, the American Folklore Society, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and, later, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.

The special issue, guest edited by Doug Boyd,  contains 14 articles that cover issues of collecting, curating, and disseminating oral history as well as a number of case studies. Of the 14 articles, 6 are free to access online. Go to the The Oral History Review online to find out more (http://ohr.oxfordjournals.org/content/current).

Table of Contents

Editor’s introduction
Doug Boyd
Guest Editor’s Introduction
Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): i-iii doi:10.1093/ohr/oht038

ARTICLES

Peter B. Kaufman
Oral History in the Video Age
Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): 1-7 doi:10.1093/ohr/oht033
http://ohr.oxfordjournals.org/content/40/1/1.full

Anne Valk and Holly Ewald
Bringing a Hidden Pond to Public Attention: Increasing Impact through Digital Tools
Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): 8-24 doi:10.1093/ohr/oht019

Mark Tebeau
Listening to the City: Oral History and Place in the Digital Era
Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): 25-35 doi:10.1093/ohr/oht037

Mary Larson
Steering Clear of the Rocks: A Look at the Current State of Oral History Ethics in the Digital Age
Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): 36-49 doi:10.1093/ohr/oht028

Timothy Lloyd
The Civil Rights Oral History Survey Project
Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): 50-53 doi:10.1093/ohr/oht015
http://ohr.oxfordjournals.org/content/40/1/50.full

Nancy Groce and Bertram Lyons
Designing a National Online Oral History Collecting Initiative: The Occupational Folklore Project at the American Folklife Center
Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): 54-66 doi:10.1093/ohr/oht018
http://ohr.oxfordjournals.org/content/40/1/54.full

Brad Rakerd
On Making Oral Histories More Accessible to Persons with Hearing Loss
Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): 67-74 doi:10.1093/ohr/oht022
http://ohr.oxfordjournals.org/content/40/1/67.full

Brooke Bryan
A Closer Look at Community Partnerships
Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): 75-82 doi:10.1093/ohr/oht023
http://ohr.oxfordjournals.org/content/40/1/75.full

Dean Rehberger
Getting Oral History Online: Collections Management Applications
Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): 83-94 doi:10.1093/ohr/oht025

Doug Boyd
OHMS: Enhancing Access to Oral History for Free
Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): 95-106 doi:10.1093/ohr/oht031
http://ohr.oxfordjournals.org/content/40/1/95.full

Robert E. Warren, Michael P. Maniscalco, Erich K. Schroeder, James S. Oliver, Sue Huitt, Douglas Lambert, and Michael Frisch
Restoring the Human Voice to Oral History: The Audio-Video Barn Website
Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): 107-125 doi:10.1093/ohr/oht032

Lindsey Barnes and Kim Guise
World War Words: The Creation of a World War II–Specific Vocabulary for the Oral History Collection at The National WWII Museum
Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): 126-134 doi:10.1093/ohr/oht027
http://ohr.oxfordjournals.org/content/40/1/126.full

Douglas Lambert and Michael Frisch
Digital Curation through Information Cartography: A Commentary on Oral History in the Digital Age from a Content Management Point of View
Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): 135-153 doi:10.1093/ohr/oht035

Steve Cohen
Shifting Questions: New Paradigms for Oral History in a Digital World
Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): 154-167 doi:10.1093/ohr/oht036

 

Permanent link to this article: http://ohda.matrix.msu.edu/2013/06/the-oral-history-review/

Oral History in the Digital Age

Welcome to Oral History in the Digital Age where we will connect you to the latest information on digital technologies pertaining to all phases of the oral history process. There are two primary locations for the OHDA Project online, the primary site and the OHDA WIKI.  You are currently on the primary site where you have access to essays written by leading experts about recording, archiving and disseminating your oral history projects and you can view video interviews from our series Thinking Big which features conversations with many of these leading experts. The wiki links you to current best practices from around the web and includes many exemplary web sites which offer numerous examples for diverse and exciting ways to present oral history online.

If you are just getting started, you have come to the right place.  Go to Getting Started to find easy to follow “playlists” that will help you to start a project, improve your video techniques, and much more.  Or you can browse the  micro-essays that address a number of issues about collecting, curating, and disseminating oral histories.  Or view the video interviews with noted experts. Or stop in and Ask Doug to find the best equipment for your project.

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Project Overview

In this segment of Thinking Big, Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries provides an overview of the Oral History in the Digital Age project.

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Thinking Big Video Series

The Thinking Big video series captures several leading voices on digital oral history and digital media.  Learn more about the production of the Thinking Big series here at About Thinking Big.

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Essays

Written by some of the most noted experts in the field, the following essays and case studies are designed to give you the latest information on best practices in collecting, curating, and disseminating oral histories. As micro-essays and case studies, the texts are designed to be easily updated and revised as technologies change. You are invited to leave your comments or turn to our OHDA Wiki to leave your own updates and perspectives on the issues raised.  Find out more about the authors.

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Best Practices Guides Online

The Oral History in the Digital Age WIKI presents an amazing collection of online best practices guides pertaining to various aspects of the oral history process. Additionally, there are over 300 exemplary websites featuring exciting ways of presenting oral history online.

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Getting Started

Don’t know where to start?  Go to Getting Started to find easy to follow “playlists” that will help you to start a project, improve your video techniques, and much more.  Or you can browse the  micro-essays that address a number of issues about collecting, curating, and disseminating oral histories.  Or view the video interviews with noted experts. Or stop in and Ask Doug to find the best equipment for your project.

Permanent link to this article: http://ohda.matrix.msu.edu/2012/06/getting-started/

Ask Doug: Choosing a Digital Audio Recorder

Finding the right equipment for a project can be one of the most difficult steps. Our digital expert, Doug Boyd, makes it easy by providing you with Ask Doug,  a set of questions that takes you through a series of decisions to some of the best possible choices for your particular needs.

At this point, we have information about buying your next digital recorder. Doug supplies you with up-to-date information about the latest recorders, gives you his thoughts, and picks some of his favorites. If you are new to digital recorders, you may want to see our videos on digital recorders or read our essay on What You Should Know about Digital Recorders. We also have a handy index of those pesky technical terms broken down into plain english.

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