Community-Based Digital Archives Workshops for Activists

Documenting the Now is accepting applications from social justice activist organizations that would like to benefit from a free community-based digital archives workshop in their city. The workshops will focus on helping activists to develop the skills and to use available tools to collect, preserve, and share their web, social media and other types of digital content in their own digital archive. Our hope is that activist communities, in creating their own archives, will be able to better document their activities, assert a greater level of control over their own narratives, and secure access to digital content that has been safely captured and preserved through methods that will allow that content to be authenticated at a later date for evidentiary, research, or other purposes. As part of the workshop, our trainers will also share knowledge about digital security and surveillance, as these are issues that negatively impact modern day social justice activism. During the workshops, participants will:

  • Build a community-based digital archive for their organization.
  • Gain a better understanding about data collection, digital security, and surveillance issues around web and social media content.
  • Gain new knowledge about digital content generated on mobile devices and develop skills to safely archive that content.
  • Build relationships with local archivists and other historical documenters in your city.
  • Engage in conversations leading to deeper understanding about how digital content generated in online spaces affects our personal, social, and professional lives.

Eligibility

Eligibility for the workshops will be limited to organizations that:

  • Advocate for social justice causes affecting the lives of people of color including African Americans, Native Americans, Latinx and other marginalized people such as LGBTQIA, victims of police violence, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, immigrants, disabled people, poor people, etc.
  • Use social media, the web and other digital tools such as cell phones, livestreaming technology, etc, in their work whether for communication, advocacy, or organizing.
  • Have an interest in understanding how their social media, web, and other digital content is being collected and who is collecting it.
  • Have an interest in building their own community-based digital archive as a way to document their activism.

Visit https://www.docnow.io/workshops/call-for-applications/ for details.

Texas Oral History Association (TOHA)

“TOHA is a network for oral history practitioners that promotes the use of professional interviewing and archiving standards. Explore our site to discover who we are and what we do. We invite you to join us in our adventure to better understand both the present and the past through recording the voices of eyewitnesses to history. TOHA, an affiliate of the Oral History Association, is hosted by the Baylor University Institute for Oral History.

We are excited to announce that next year’s meeting will be located in the beautiful, vibrant, and weird Austin, TX! Austin is a great, central location for the conference and with so many sites and wonderful restaurants, conference attendees will have lots to see and to do around the city.

The 2019 conference will be held April 26-27, on the campus of St. Edward’s University, and is being sponsored by both their Journalism & Digital Media Program and the Department of History. TOHA is extremely grateful for their generosity—and a special thank you to TOHA member Jena Heath for the offer to host our conference there.

Registration is now open! Please visit www.baylor.edu/toha/2019conference to register for this year’s event. We ask that everyone register by April 22, 2019.”

Don’t forget to review TOHA’s Oral History Technology Page:

This page is a companion piece to an article entitled “Brave New World: A Guide to Twenty-First Century Technology for Oral History,” published in the 2017 edition of the Sound Historian. The links listed below, organized by section, mostly correspond to theitalic text found in the article. Additional or alternative links will be provided over time as technology progresses. The hope is that this page will continue to be updated twice yearly so that recent trends can be fully represented. In general, please consider also consulting the wonderful resource website Oral History in the Digital Age (OHDA) for additional information and discussions on many of these topics.


Digital Audio Recording

Digital Audio Recorders

Preferred brands: MarantzTascam, & Zoom

Entry-level professional recorder – Tascam DR-40

BUIOH flagship recorder – Marantz PMD661MKII

OHDA Recorder Selection Tool

How-to guide for setting audio levels

Smartphones as Recorders

Smartphone microphone attachments for iPhone: Zoom iQ6/7Rode IXYLShure MOTIV line

Quality smartphone recording applications (iOS): Recorder PlusShurePlus MOTIV, & Voice Record Pro

Quality smartphone recording applications (Android): Recorder PlusShurePlus MOTIV, & Voice Recorder Pro

Long Distance Recording

List of telephone audio interfaces

JK Audio QuickTap

Skype recording application list

Pamela

Olympus Telephone Recording Device (for recording cell phone calls externally)

Microphones

OHDA Microphone Selection Tool


Digital Preservation

BUIOH cost schedule/time committment breakdown

Digital File Management

BWF Metaedit

MetaX (Now supported as MetaZ)

Article on File Fixity

Fastsum

CheckSum+

Short-Term Digital Storage

Cloud Storage: BoxDropbox, & Google Drive

Long-Term Digital Storage

Cold Storage: Amazon Glacier & Backblaze


Digital Processing

Audio-Visual Editing Software

Audacity

Adobe Audition

Wavelab

iZotope RX 6

Windows Movie Maker – As of January 2017 WMM is no longer supported by Microsoft, and therefore no longer available to download. If you do not already have a version installed on your PC, please consult this Techradar article for free alternatives.

iMovie

Adobe Premiere Pro

Final Cut Pro

Transcription Software

Foot pedals for transcription

FTW Transcriber

StartStop

Express Scribe

Dragon NaturallySpeaking – Oral History Review blogpost on this topic

Trint


Digital Tools for Access

Websites and Databases

WordPress

Omeka

Curatescape

Waco History

PC Magazine’s review of web hosting services

Online Content Hosting Options

YouTube

Vimeo

Soundcloud

The Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS)

Information and sign-up site

BUIOH’s recent use of OHMS

Social Media

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Hootsuite

Waco History Facebook account

Waco, Texas History in Pictures Facebook group (requires you to be logged into Facebook)

Washington Post Article

Trump during an “anti-intervention” march in Caracas on Feb. 27. (Ariana Cubillos/AP)

How Donald Trump is making illegal immigration worse was published in the Washington Post on March 15, 2019 by the SOHA Co-President, Juan Coronado.

Juan David Coronado is a post-doctoral scholar at the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University and author of “I’m Not Gonna Die in this Damn Place: Manliness, Identity, and Survival of the Mexican American Vietnam Prisoners of War.”

SOHA Historian

Wonderful SOHA Historian and colleague Joyce Moore is retiring after 18 years as a processing archivist in @UNLV Special Collections and Archives. We will miss her first hand knowledge of Vegas history which has helped us out at the ref desk many times! Happy travels Joyce!! We ❤️ you! @unlvspeccoll https://t.co/5IXcyB6QNH
#oralhistory #oralhistorian #librarian #archivist #LasVegas #historian

National Association of Music Merchants Oral Histories

National Association of Music Merchants, a lifelong member of SOHA, has an outstanding collection of oral histories. Here are some samples of the interviews made available online at: https://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/all

David Angress has spent his career in the technology and specialty products markets, holding several senior executive positions in retail, manufacturing and installation segments at companies including Guitar Center, Harman, and Sound Genesis.


Petra Woodfull-Harris recalls taking lessons on the recorder at the age of six, followed by the piano three years later. She enjoyed the idea of improving her skills and of expressing herself through music, which is a driving force in her passion today. As the sales and marketing manager for Barenreiter, the German music publisher, Petra connects music materials to teachers a

Buckwheat Zydeco redefined and popularized the Cajun Zydeco movement in America and around the World. In doing so, he brought positive attention to the accordion. The instrument’s reputation had suffered greatly beginning in the late 1960s; however, pockets of creative and innovative musicians fought to change that. One such performer was Clifton Chenier.

About the Library & Resource Center

The NAMM Oral History program is unique, unlike any other collection in the world. The heart of the collection is the depth of its narrative that covers innovative creations, the evolution of musical instruments, the ever changing world of music retail, as well as our collective quest to improve music education around the globe. Oral History participants have come from 46 different countries, 49 U.S. states and were born between 1903 and 1988. This collection is our journal, our own way of chronicling ourselves and our community—the community we so eagerly embrace at the NAMM shows and so proudly celebrate throughout the year. This library of video interviews, now 3,000 strong and always growing, contains the story of our industry told by those who helped to shape it and have watched it expand and develop through the years.

We hope you find what you’re looking for right here, but if you have any questions, please contact us at 760.438.8001 or via e-mail at dand@namm.org.

DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ORAL HISTORY LIST

NAMM Corporate Video

Find out more about NAMM!

The Museum of Making Music is a division of NAMM Foundation. Visit them in SoCal at:

5790 Armada Drive

Carlsbad, CA 92008

Office: 760-304-5824

www.museumofmakingmusic.org

https://www.facebook.com/MuseumofMakingMusic

Be sure to view their exciting list of upcoming events at: https://www.museumofmakingmusic.org/events and view their fantastic exhibits.

Accordions: Expanding Voices in the USA
Accordions: Expanding Voices in the USA
December 13, 2018 – August 31, 2019

Just over 60 years ago, accordions were at the forefront of our musical landscape. With annual sales topping a quarter of a million instruments, they were seen and heard on stages, in stores, and in classrooms across the country. But musical tastes shifted dramatically by the end of the 1950s, and, within 10 years of this incredible high, accordion sales and interest plummeted almost to the point of disappearing. Today, accordions and accordionists are making their voices heard again!

The Museum of Making Music’s special exhibition, “Accordions: Expanding Voices in the USA,” takes a close look and listen at the current state of the accordion across the country, highlighting stories and recordings from some of the players pushing it forward. Find out where the accordion could be headed next and even play one for yourself – you may well become part of the instrument’s future.

OHA Update

The Oral History Association call for proposals has been extended to Friday, February 15, 2019. Please see oralhistory.org for submission guidelines. You will want to join SOHA at OHA for the 2019 Annual Meeting
October 16-19, 2019 at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel. The theme is “Pathways in the Field: Considerations for those Working In, On, and Around Oral History.” You will be able to attend fascinating panels and see Utah’s beautiful scenery.

According to Visit Salt Lake City, “To reach Big Cottonwood Canyon from Salt Lake City, take I-215 to the 6200 South “Canyons” exit and then continue east on U-152, following signs to Solitude and Brighton. This 15-mile scenic byway takes about one hour round trip. From the main road, this canyon narrows almost immediately into dramatic alpine scenery. This 15-mile drive provides access to excellent hiking, fishing, picnicking, rock climbing, and camping. During the mid-1800s, Old West miners sought their fortune in gold and silver ore here. Remnants of old mines can be spotted from trails winding up the slopes. Located in the Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Big Cottonwood Canyon is home to Solitude and Brighton ski resorts. Both have full-service, year-round facilities. From Brighton there are several easy trails leading to various lakes, including Twin Lakes, Lake Mary, Lake Martha, and Dog Lake. The canyon is a protected watershed area and no dogs are permitted. Wilderness areas are located to the north and south.”

Black History Month

David S. Cunningham being sworn in as Los Angeles City Councilman, Calif., 1973Miriam Matthews, Angelique DeLavallade and unidentified individuals, Los Angeles, 1940sAquarius Bookstore, Los Angeles (Calif.) - Alfred Ligon with his wife.Henry Stephenson and Francis Williams in Her Sister's Secret

In celebration of Black History Month, here are some interviews from the UCLA collection:

African-American History Oral Histories

African-American Architects of Los Angeles (Series Detail)

African American Artists of Los Angeles (Series Detail)

African Americans in Entertainment and Media (Series Detail)

Allensworth Community (Series Detail)

Baseball, Race, and Los Angeles: An Oral History of Negro Leaguers of Southern California (Series Detail)

Black Educators in Los Angeles, 1950-2000 (Series Detail)

Black Leadership in Los Angeles (Series Detail)

Black Music and Musicians in Los Angeles: Spirituals, Gospel, Jazz, and Spoken Word (Series Detail)

Black Politicians of Los Angeles (Series Detail)

Black Women Activists in Los Angeles, 1950-2000 (Series Detail)

Hollywood in the Civil Rights Era (Series Detail)

Oakwood Video Project: Activists in the African American Community of Venice, California (Series Detail)

Recollections about Ralph Bunche (Series Detail)

Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles (Series Detail)

Twenty-Five Years of Community Organizing and Institution Building in the Aftermath of Watts: 1965-1990 (Series Detail)

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