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OHDA is packed with a welter of information. Yet many of you simply want to get started.  To help you out, we have organized the information into a set of “playlists.”

  • Should I use digital audio or video? Once I decide, how do I get the right equipment? (start here for choices about equipment)
  • Now that I have this equipment, how do I use it? (start here for video and audio recording help)
  • How do I negotiate the legal issues, rights and ethics, of doing oral history in the digital age? (start here for the most up-to-date information on legal issues)
  • How do I coordinate partnerships on projects? (start here for making meaningful partnerships)
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Planning an oral history project is both an exciting and daunting task. Start here for advice on how to move forward with your project: See Essay: Designing an Oral History Project: Initial Questions to Ask Yourself, Doug Boyd See Essay: Project Planning and Management,  Marsha MacDowell See Case Study: Designing a National Online Oral History …

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Playlist: Equipment Deciding on weather to use digital audio or video for your project can be a critical juncture. The following essays will help you to think about the choice and then to guide you to make the best decisions about the right equipment. See Essay: Audio or Video for Recording Oral History: Questions, Decisions, Doug …

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Playlist: Use The following essays, written by individuals with a wealth of experience in many areas of the field, will help you to use your equipment in the best, most efficient, and most effective ways: See Essay: Quick Tips for Better Interview Video, Scott Pennington and Dean Rehberger See Essay: Microphones and Room Effects: Audio …

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Legal Issues

Playlist: Legal Issues The digital age poses many new ethical and legal concerns in the collection of oral history. Look to these essays as you navigate your way through these new challenges: See Essay: What Do You Think You Own, or Legal/Ethical Concerns, Troy Reeves See Essay: Major Legal Challenges Facing Oral History In The …

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Playlist: Coordinating Partnerships Often an oral history project involves partnerships.  This mission needs to be coordinated by the partners in a project so that all of the partners are on the same page throughout the course of this project. See Essay: Shifting Questions: Re-examining the Need to Listen, Steve Cohen See Essay: Project Planning and Management,  Marsha …

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Digital Preservation

Playlist: Digital Preservation Navigating “The Digital Shift”–working with analog and digital materials: See Case Study: The Kentucky Oral History Commission: The Digital Shift, Sarah Milligan See Essay: The Preservation of Analog Oral History Collections through Digitization, Sarah Cunningham See Essay: The Preservation of Analog Video through Digitization, Scott Pennington See Essay: Digital Video Preservation and …

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Playlist: Transcription How do we best negotiate future use of oral history interviews: See Essay: Transcribing Oral History in the Digital Age, Linda Shopes See Essay: Can Automatic Speech Recognition Replace Manual Transcription?, Douglas W. Oard SeeCase Study: Transcripts, Time-Coding, and You, Michael Sesling See Case Study: Baylor Institute for Oral History, Elinor Mazé Tweet

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Cataloging and Metadata

Playlist: Cataloging and Metadata Look here for discussion on the use of metadata in an oral history context: See Essay: Metadata: Best Practices for Oral History Access and Preservation, Elinor A. Mazé See Case Study: Interviewer-Generated Metadata, Doug Boyd See Essay: “Oral History Core”: An Idea for a Metadata Scheme, Nancy Mackay See Essay: Collection …

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Playlist: Access Working to ensure that your materials are accessible: See Essay: OHMS: Enhancing Access to Oral History for Free, Doug Boyd See Case Study: Curating Tribal Collections, Elizabeth Lowman and Robin Kilgo See Essay: Mapping Approaches To Oral History Content Management In The Digital Age, Michael Frisch, with Douglas Lambert See Essay: On Making …

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Playlist: Outcomes Design your project in accordance with your desired outcome, but do not forget the archival or curating phase of a project. See Essay: Search, Explore, Connect: Disseminating Oral History in the Digital Age, Doug Boyd See Essay: Oral History Curation in the Digital Age:  A Framework for Choices and Planning, Michael Frisch, Douglas Lambert, Mark Tebeau and …

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