A digital journey and using Creative Commons Search
|2001 RU class with Kathleen holding interview media files|
With our first boxes of audio tapes and photographs from Dr. Melinda Wagner's 1999 and 2001 Radford University classes, the Floyd Story Center initiated an archival mission to preserve Floyd County oral history collections for future generations.
In a digital age, this means assessing the information content, organizing the files for digital storage, and updating it for new forms of media as the decades pass. This semester, we are grateful for the help of Sam Kennedy, CSCR RU work study, as he reviews and refreshes these early transcript files for the community digital archives.
And, as media creators, we are also fans of Creative Commons, the site that allows free sharing of information though open licenses. Their search engine- http://search.creativecommons.org/ - a portal for finding licensed content [ I want something that I can... ] is definitely worth exploring.
Need more convincing? Listen to The Kitchen Sisters, and hear how they became advocates for preserving and archiving their own WWII interviews and collected material from thirty years ago.
Read more about our "Roots with Wings" WWII interviews in the blog posts below, and see previous years' interviews archived here. Our inter-generational oral history program is currently helping Floyd County High School students prepare for new interviews this month.