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University of Wisconsin System (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
Jeremy Wade Morris (Project Director: January 2017 to March 2020)
Eric Hoyt (Co Project Director: May 2017 to March 2020)
Investigating the Golden Age of Podcasting through Metadata and Sound

Prototype development and adaptation of open-source software tools to facilitate large-scale search and analysis of podcasts.

Despite an explosion of interest in podcasts - claims of a “Golden Age” of podcasts abound - sound remains mystifyingly difficult to analyze and the history of this emerging media form is already at risk of being lost. PodcastRE Analytics: Investigating Podcasting through Metadata and Sound aims to put podcasting’s data traces to work, making digital audio more usable, visible and audible than current archives. PodcastRE Analytics leverages the 120,000+ podcasts of the PodcastRE database (, a preservation collaboration between UW-Madison’s Libraries and Dept. of Communication Arts, to pioneer new techniques for the analysis and visualization of audio and metadata. While tools for data mining text archives exist, PodcastRE Analytics will allow users to explore audio in ways that are as familiar as textual resources. Using digital humanities methods, we can better research contemporary culture and investigate a new media form that has captured significant attention.

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Project fields:
Communications; Communications; Media Studies

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Digital Humanities

$74,972 (approved)
$74,962 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 6/30/2019