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ERIC Number: ED362358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Project Jukebox: "We Are Digitizing Our Oral History Collection...and We're Including a Database."
Smith, Steve
Project Jukebox is an enterprise of the Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska. The project aims to digitize 6,000 hours of oral history. The special oral collection of the history of Alaska includes audiotapes of major and minor politicians in the state, average citizens, and Native leaders. The audiotapes created problems for guaranteeing preservation and ease of access to the information. Apple Computer provided the project's hardware and some software. One piece of software compresses the digitized sound to save storage space. The digitized audiotapes are stored on magneto-optical-erasable disk; they will eventually be available in CD-ROM format. Users of the program can search for information by such means as subject, keyword, or file number. On the screen, users find transcripts of the information with options to listen to the audio, view pictures, print a transcript, or view the release agreement. Converting information to new technologies entails problems that concern deciding what materials will be converted and who will have access to them. Questions by conference participants addressed the costs involved in the project, enhancing the recordings, and copyright issues. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers: Alaska; Digitizing; University of Alaska Fairbanks
Note: In: The Chugach Conference: Finding Our Way in the Communication Age (3rd, Anchorage, AK, October 3-5, 1992); see RC 019 315.