Monday, April 17, 2006

Event: Oral History and Digital Technology: Recording, Preservation, and Digital Archives

Any project that is considering including oral histories might be interested in this three-day institute.

The Kentucky Oral History Commission and the Kentucky Historical Society will hold a summer institute entitled Oral History and Digital Technology: Recording, Preservation, and Digital Archives on July 12, 13, and 14, 2006 in Frankfort, Kentucky. The 3-day institute will provide hands-on training in various aspects of digital recording, preservation and digitization of analog interviews, as well as discussion of the design and maintenance of a digital archive. The institute is designed for oral historians, librarians, archivists, and all others who seek knowledge and assistance in making the transition to digital recording and processing of their oral history interviews.

Participants in the summer institute will examine a wide variety of digital recorders and recording formats and explore the advantages and disadvantages of each. In addition, participants will closely examine best practices for archival processing of these recordings. We will discuss in great detail the computer’s role in digital field recording and the digitization of oral history interviews. We will examine a variety of hardware and software options, discuss budgetary needs for relevant equipment, and assist participants in formulating and implementing a future technology plan for their oral history repositories.

Registration will be $250 which includes breakfast and lunch each day. To make reservations or to obtain more information, contact the institute’s director Dr. Doug Boyd at (502) 564-1792 or via email at Registration is due by June 12. Enrollment is limited.

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