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Oral History/Digital Technology Conference, 1/17

FUTURE PERFECT:
Retooling Oral History in the Digital Age
Saturday, January 17, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mayborn Museum Complex, Waco, Texas

For today’s oral historians, digital technology has eliminated the distinction between the creation, or collection, of oral history and the management of it. Digital expertise is required at every stage of the oral history process; it is needed for recording interviews, for designing and creating intermediate and end products, and for managing preservation and access. Information systems must now be at the heart of the oral history enterprise, for without them, digital collections cannot survive in any useful way or for any length of time.

Creating and managing today’s digital assets and anticipating tomorrow’s technical innovations require oral historians to learn new skills and forge new relationships. In this workshop, participants will hear from experts about digital recording, digitization, and digital object management for access and preservation and will also have the opportunity to share experience and insight with colleagues in all aspects of digital oral history practice.

Both a practical workshop, with hands-on opportunities, and an open forum for screenings and demonstrations of digital oral history, FUTURE PERFECT is planned for those who create, use, and publish oral history, including students and teachers, community and academic historians, volunteers and professionals, and for those who preserve oral history collections and make them accessible to researchers.

Customize your own digital workshop experience by choosing topics most useful to you:
• recording techniques
• transcribing digital recordings
• editing digital audio/video recordings
• digitizing analog tapes
• creating and managing metadata
• making collections accessible online
• managing workflow for digital collections
• designing and publishing digital documentaries and Web sites

Workshop presenters are, from the Institute for Oral History, Stephen Sloan, Director; Elinor Mazé, Senior Editor; and Rick Fair, graduate assistant for digital projects; and from Baylor's Electronic Library, Tony Tadey, Audio Specialist; Darryl B. Stuhr, Manager of Digitization Projects; and Scott Myers, Digital Media Studio Academic Technology Consultant.

The closing plenary session will feature a live video discussion of the future of history presented by Dan Cohen, Director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and co-editor of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web.

This workshop is sponsored by the Baylor University Institute for Oral History.

All sessions will take place in the classrooms of the Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 South University Parks Drive, Waco, Texas. Click here for maps and directions.

Advance registration required by January 9, 2009. Cost: $50, includes notebook.

A limited number of scholarships are available. For information, contact us.


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