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|DIGITAL INTERESTS CONTENT = My recent work in oral history applications of new media technology is being developed via a consulting office, The Randforce Associates, LLC, based in the University at Buffalo’s Technology Incubator, where we have worked on over thirty projects nationally and internationally, including five Teaching American History Grants and a national leadership IMLS project.
|DIGITAL INTERESTS CONTENT = My recent work in oral history applications of new media technology is being developed via a consulting office, The Randforce Associates, LLC, based in the University at Buffalo’s Technology Incubator, where we have worked on over thirty projects nationally and internationally, including five Teaching American History Grants and a national leadership IMLS project.
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A concise summary: Audio and video documentation is conventionally encountered in one of two states-- relatively “raw,” in archived collections, and relatively “cooked,” in constructed, selective, and linear documentary forms. The new digital tools we're refining open an important non-linear, multi-pathed ground between these poles. By permitting direct indexing, cross-referencing, and meaningful access to audio and video documentation—to collections of recorded voice or music and, in video, to bodies, gestures, performance, and non-verbal demonstrations--these tools stand in sharp contrast to conventional modes grounded in the limited (and limiting) world of text transcription, word searches, and broad-brush content summaries. See the Randforce website for more information on our current projects and practice: http://www.randforce.com This work informs a major recent publication, “Oral History and the Digital Revolution: Towards a Post-Documentary Sensibility,” in Perks and Thomson, The Oral History Reader , Second Edition (Routledge, 2006).
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A concise summary: Audio and video documentation is conventionally encountered in one of two states-- relatively “raw,” in archived collections, and relatively “cooked,” in constructed, selective, and linear documentary forms. The new digital tools we're refining open an important non-linear, multi-pathed ground between these poles. By permitting direct indexing, cross-referencing, and meaningful access to audio and video documentation—to collections of recorded voice or music and, in video, to bodies, gestures, performance, and non-verbal demonstrations--these tools stand in sharp contrast to conventional modes grounded in the limited (and limiting) world of text transcription, word searches, and broad-brush content summaries. See the Randforce website for more information on our current projects and practice: http://www.randforce.com This work informs a major recent publication, “Oral History and the Digital Revolution: Towards a Post-Documentary Sensibility,” in Perks and Thomson, The Oral History Reader , Second Edition (Routledge, 2006). I also was part of an interesting forum on "The Promise of Digital History", featured in the September, 2008 issue of the Journal of American History (link to follow)<br/>
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Michael Frisch
Professor of American Studies and History/ Senior Research Scholar, and Principal, The Randforce Associates, LLC, UB Technology Incubator
Michael Frisch

Michael Frisch
Research interests: Oral History, theory and practice, and "putting the oral back in oral history" via digital tools for indexing and working directly with audio-video documentation as the primary source
Institutional affiliation: University at Buffalo
Departmental affiliation: American Studies
Office location: UB Tech Incubator, 1576 Sweet Home Road, Amherst 14228, 716-639-1047
E-mail: mfrisch@buffalo.edu
URI: []
Membership status: Charter member
Digital projects: [1]

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