We are nearing the final stages of the Oral History in the Digital Age project, an IMLS funded project to pull together experts from all over the nation to make recommendations about best practices for collecting, curating, and disseminating oral histories in today’s digital context. I have been very fortunate to manage the project.
The project partners MATRIX, Michigan State University, the Oral History Association, the American Folklore Society, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The goal is to work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and expertise to establish best practices for oral history in all phases of the oral history process: collecting, curating, dissemination–with specific emphasis on technology, intellectual property, and digital video.
We just had a great response to the project after a panel at the 2012 Webwise conference in Baltimore. Stay tuned, we hope to roll out the website very soon!