Monday, November 7, 2011


Welcome to the inaugural post to our Randforce blog! We look forward to using this medium as a place to share new ideas that have emerged in our practice of oral history content management.

The foundations of our work began when our Principal, Michael Frisch, adopted software to make long audio and video recordings accessible in new ways. As consultants on dozens of projects we have learned as much as we have taught in this world of “digital indexing”. The foundation of our work is in applying new methodology and technology for creating access to audio/video content for oral history collections. The controlled vocabularies we develop use a faceted indexing approach applicable to any digital content.

We plan to use this medium to publish ideas worth sharing that may not be ready for journal publication, that have emerged from our practice. Documenting our work is challenging because we are usually busy practicing it. Also, we are exploring work that lies between several worlds simultaneously, including oral history, library and information science, museum curation, database development, a/v content management, and multi-media publication. We hope for this to be a place where readers interested in these topics can keep track of what we are working on between the longer cycles of academic conferences and journal publication.

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