Supporting access to large digital oral history archives

TitleSupporting access to large digital oral history archives
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsGustman S, Soergel D, Oard D, Byrne W, Picheny M, Ramabhadran B, Greenberg D
Conference NameProceedings of the 2nd ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital libraries
Date Published2002///
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number1-58113-513-0
Keywordscataloging, oral history, research agenda

This paper describes our experience with the creation, indexing, and provision of access to a very large archive of videotaped oral histories - 116,000 hours of digitized interviews in 32 languages from 52,000 survivors, liberators, rescuers, and witnesses of the Nazi Holocaust. It goes on to identify a set of critical research issues that must be addressed if we are to provide full and detailed access to collections of this size: issues in user requirement studies, automatic speech recognition, automatic classification, segmentation, summarization, retrieval, and user interfaces. The paper ends by inviting others to discuss use of these materials in their own research.