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HK-50175-14

PRX, Inc. (Cambridge, MA 02238-2234)
Kerri Hoffman (Project Director: 02/26/2014 to present)

Pop Up Archive: Saving culturally significant audio through preservation, searchability, and distribution

Further development of Pop Up Archive, an online platform for managing and disseminating audio collections, including automated methods for transcribing and searching sound files.

Pop Up Archive is a set of web-based tools that make audio searchable and reusable for scholars, journalists, and the public through speech-to-text and keyword extraction software. Pop Up Archive unites audio recordings and voices from disparate places and eras, diving deep into our nation’s rich oral history. We seek to scale Pop Up Archive across U.S. recorded sound collections by implementing a transcription toolkit developed by the British Broadcasting Corporation, processing over 30,000 hours of digital sound from public media and oral history archives, and educating these communities on best practices for preserving and creating access to digital sound. Pop Up Archive is open source, conforms to archival standards, and requires no technical expertise of participating organizations. For the first time, digital sounds can be automatically searched to the timestamp, contextualized with topic headings, and indexed for safe and permanent backup preservation at the Internet Archive.

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Project fields:
Journalism; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$325,000 (approved)
$325,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 8/31/2015