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  • Carolyn Li-Madeo 11:43 pm on March 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , oral history, tangible cultural heritage   

    Call 1993 

    The New Museum has found a new way to bring an oral history collection to life. In their project “Recalling 1993” pedestrians can pick up pay phones throughout Manhattan and be “transported” back to 1993. The oral histories played through the phones are site specific and can even be about the very block that the phone is located on.


    • Lola Galla 4:50 pm on April 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Speaking of Oral Histories…..The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries and the UK Libraries Division of Library Technologies have created a web-based, system called OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchonizer) . The OHMS is cost effective and efficiently enhances access to Oral Histories on the web.

      Check out this video: http://bcove.me/uofh4rdl

      Also, there is a BLOG called “Visualizing the Past” which features Graphs, Maps, and Trees: Imagining the Future of Public Interfaces to Cultural Heritage Collections.


    • Leigh Hurwitz 2:18 am on April 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      The thing that I love about this is how simple it seems. It’s something that could be replicated in any city, in a variety of ways. It also produces content (the recordings) that can live on after the project is over. It uses what is already there in the community and transforms it, creating a nostalgic experience for those who remember NYC in 1993 (ahem) and those who weren’t in the area or weren’t yet a twinkle in their parents’ eyes. I like to think that even when the installation is over, it will have changed the way the participants view the city.

  • Frank Baldaro 8:40 pm on May 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Just stumbled upon this link on my Twitter feed from the British Library. The Library, in collaboration with BBC Radio, has started The Listening Project, aimed at capturing snippets of conversations Brits are having, and preserving them for posterity. They hope to create a patchwork of conversations that illuminate what’s on the collective mind of the country. Once uploaded, a librarian tags the work, which gets fed into a massive database of clips. You can then browse through the tags and pop in on conversations to discover what our Transatlantic neighbors are gabbing about.


  • Alana 6:54 pm on March 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Glifos and Artist Documentation Program 

    As I mentioned in class last night, the Artist Documentation Program uses oral history videos to document the conservation issues of artworks by recording a dialogue/inquiry between artists and conservationists. What is striking about this project is the interactivity of how these videos are displayed, annotated, and shared using a social media toolset created by Glifos:

    “The GLIFOS – social media toolset automates the production, cataloguing, digital preservation, access, and sharing of rich-media over diverse presentation devices (PCs, PDAs, smart phones), data transport platforms (Web, streaming media, CDs, DVDs), and operating systems (Windows, Mac OS, Linux). Moreover, the use of an XML-based open specification, which is technology-, platform- and format-independent, guarantees content portability to platforms that will arise in the future (digital preservation).

    Rich-media content integrates video, text, and images to such an extent that it transmits the richness of video (a manufacturing process, a doctor’s bedside manner, the passion of a lecturer) without losing the functionality of a book: finding a word, studying a diagram in detail, making annotations, bookmarking specific sections, and extracting references. gmPlayer synchronizes video and audio content with an unlimited number of tables of content, transcripts in one or more languages, references, slides, and student notes via the gmNotes functionality.”

    This appears to be a powerful, multi-faceted toolset, and I am curious to see if might be something that could be realistic for COAHSI. Glifos also has a suite of more library/OPAC-like tools that are worth checking out.

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