Preservation

Oral History Digital Toolbox: My Current Favorites

Here are some of my favorite digital tools that may prove useful for core aspects of the oral history process.  I will be adding to this on a continuous basis, adding new tools and categories of [...]

Exactly Transfer Tool Released

I wanted to take a moment to announce the official release of Exactly, the new digital tool I wrote about last month.  AVPreserve and the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of [...]

Exactly: A New Tool to Safely Transfer Born Digital Material to the Archive

In Celebration of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, I want to offer you a sneak peak at a new tool we have developed and are readying for release.   This tool will enable a user friendly way for non-archivists [...]

Reminder of the Importance of Metadata

We now have over 9,000 oral histories at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries, where we take great care to curate these treasures.  Recently, I was going through a box [...]

Digital Audio and Broadcast Wave

Contrary to common perception, the “Wave” is not, itself a “format” but a container for housing a particular set of data.  The Wave as we tend to use it in oral history, folklore  and audio archival [...]

Audio Software for the Archive

I often get asked which audio software is the best to use in the archive.  Again, no easy answer as to which is “best.” Most basic packages will allow you to digitize and do basic edits [...]

Sony Embraces Mac for Digital Audio

A few years ago the Nunn Center switched to Mac computers.  Being a long-time Mac user, I was thrilled about this transition, especially with regard to working with digital video.  The only downside to this transition [...]

Happy Anniversary: Nostalgic Reflections on the CD

In 1890, folklorist and anthropologist J. Walter Fewkes declared that the study of folklore “cannot reach its highest scientific value until some method is adopted by means of which an accurate record of the stories can [...]