I have been traveling around and talking a great deal, lately, about OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer). If you aren’t aware of OHMS, its a free, open source digital tool that improves the user experience for online oral history–connecting a textual search to the corresponding moment in your online audio or video interview. OHMS is not a repository, the way we designed OHMS, it just improves the user experience of your online repository.
I thought I would point to one of the tutorials we launched on using OHMS to index oral history. We created this tutorial because we (the Nunn Center staff and student employees) learned many lessons from developing the OHMS Indexing Module and working with it for several years prior to the public release of OHMS. While there are some theoretical writings on the topic (see the the Oral History in the Digital Age article “Meaningful Access to Audio and Video Passages” by Doug Lambert and Mike Frisch), there is really no sense of best practices for indexing and oral history interview. We do not profess that, what we came up with in our OHMS tutorials and guides, are “best practice.” However, I hope it serves as a resource to help you decide how your institution wants to index your interviews. This video was created during our National Leadership Grant from IMLS (The Institute of Museum and Library Services), which was responsible for making OHMS open source, free, as well as making it easier to utilize. There is an article we wrote on OHDA that, mostly, mirrors this video tutorial, so if you want a textual overview, I highly recommend the article. For a visual walkthrough, watch the video tutorial below. Or, do both. Hope it helps.
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