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My Leicestershire Digital Archive: digitising the oral history and radio programmes

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A presentation by Colin Hyde of the East Midlands Oral History Archive at the My Leicestershire Digital Archive end of project workshop, 31 March 2011

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My Leicestershire Digital Archive: digitising the oral history and radio programmes

  1. 1. Digitising the Oral History and Radio Programmes
  2. 2. The Reel to Reel Players
  3. 3. The Laptops
  4. 4. The Analogue/Digital Converters
  5. 5. The Set Up
  6. 6. Keeping it all clean
  7. 7. Facts and Figures <ul><li>Around 120 oral history interviews were digitised and put on My Leicestershire </li></ul><ul><li>Around 100 radio programmes were digitised and put on My Leicestershire </li></ul><ul><li>They were digitised at 48Khz 24bit rather than CD standard of 44.1Khz 16bit </li></ul><ul><li>They were then resampled to 64kbps .wma files for the website </li></ul>
  8. 8. Lessons learnt <ul><li>This takes a long time! Each interview is comprised of one or more tapes which hold 15 minutes per side (a few hold 30 minutes) </li></ul><ul><li>The longest interviews covered up to 16 sides of tape i.e. four hours or more </li></ul><ul><li>Adding metadata and ‘batch processing’ the files can also take quite a bit of time </li></ul><ul><li>The most I managed to get through in one day, using two machines, was around 40 sides of tape </li></ul><ul><li>My (limited) experience with community groups is that this can prove to be too much work </li></ul>

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