AAre you a podcaster with a hard drive full of files? Have you considered how future historians, researchers, archivists, and audiophiles will find and listen to your work?
This hands-on workshop will demonstrate low-cost, easy-to-use storage and media asset management tools and techniques to ensure the longevity of your digital audio files. Since podcasting “best practices” have not yet been developed, this workshop also aims to publish a set of basic guidelines that can be re-purposed for future workshops, or be used by individuals or groups to archive a collection of audio files. Facilitators will guide participants through basic principles of audio file formats, metadata and checksum generation, and cloud vs. physical storage solutions. In addition to this, we will discuss advocacy techniques to promote and make unique content discoverable. The focus will be on low-cost, user-friendly tools. Participants will be encouraged to bring laptops, as well as their podcast audio files for a hands-on experience (with setup instructions provided prior to the workshop); however, laptops are not a requirement and participants may also follow along with the demos.
Although this workshop will be targeted towards podcasters and independent audio producers, it will be suitable, useful and fun for anyone working with a personal collection of digital audio files.
About the Presenters
Mary Kidd currently works at New York Public Library’s Special Collections Division, and was an NDSR resident at New York Public Radio. She is also an active member of the XFR Collective. XFR is a non-profit organization that partners with artists, activists, individuals, and groups to lower the barriers to preserving at-risk audiovisual media.
Dana Gerber-Margie is an A/V and Digital Archivist for Recollection Wisconsin’s Listening to War: Uncovering Wisconsin’s Wartime Oral Historiesgrant project. She is also a founding member of the Bello Collective, a publication about podcasts, and routinely asks probing questions about producers’ digital preservation habits.
Anne Wootton is the co-founder of Pop Up Archive, a platform for making sound searchable. She holds a Master’s in Information Management and Systems from the University of California Berkeley. She is a winner of the 2012 Knight News Challenge: Data and has spoken internationally about audio search and discoverability, including SXSW Interactive, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the Aspen Institute.
Danielle Cordovez is the Audiovisual Librarian at the New York Public Library’s Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) as well as the Steering Committee of the Society of American Archivists (SAA).