Indexing makes it possible to find subjects, determine what subjects should be covered in other interviews and gives some limited access to the interview in the absence of transcription.
Transcriptions, the taking the audio and turning it into a script, provides an almost universally accessible format for future use for research, exhibit, reproduction.
Immediately after creating an oral history on audio/video media, make a back up copy. This will prevent you from accidentally losing your hard work.
Media should be stored in more than one safe place. Care should be taken to migrate the data frequently so that digital loss does not occur.
Preserve the Past
You've just gone to the trouble to record an oral history. These few post-interview steps can help you save what you have done.
How to Index:
Use a digital counter or stopwatch to record where certain topics are covered.
A good rule of thumb is to have a topic listed for each five minutes at least.
Index as much as possible.
How to Transcribe:
Remember that transcribing is tedious, but once it is done it is invaluable.
Record every word exactly, including pauses and throat clearings.
Use a specific format and stick to it throughout your project. (Chicago Manual of Style or Baylor Guidelines for example).
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