The University of North Carolina Scholarly Communications Working Group

April 2013 Topic

April 2nd, 2013 · No Comments
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Speaker: Ryan Shaw, Assistant Professor, SILS, UNC
Where: Davis Library, Rm 214
When: Wednesday, April 10th at NOON
Topic: Mining Oral Histories for Multiple Audiences

Millions of dollars have been spent on digitizing oral histories, preserving records of otherwise undocumented lives and experiences.

But a list of digital audio files and transcripts can seem impenetrable and intimidating to all but the most intrepid scholars.

If part of the mission of these projects is to make histories accessible to the public and produce fresh understandings of our past, digitization is not enough. How might computational tools be applied to organizing and presenting these histories in new ways, making them easier to comprehend and connect?