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Digital Oral History as Public History with Dr. Doug Boyd

November 19, 2020 - 3:30pm

Oral history is an interdisciplinary methodology that is growing very quickly around the world. Digital technologies are generating exciting opportunities for discovery and engagement, making connections, and creating access points for oral histories that once were unimaginable. A recent innovation has generated revolutionary possibilities and the potential for a single oral history interview or project to significantly impact the global historical record. Doug Boyd will reflect on the impact of emerging and innovative technologies on the practice and purpose of oral history.  Additionally, Boyd will reflect on accelerating changes involving automatic speech recognition and artificial intelligence, as well as on the changing roles of the oral history archive.


Doug Boyd Ph.D. serves as the director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries. Boyd envisioned, designed, and implemented the open-source and free Oral History Metadata Data Synchronizer (OHMS), a digital tool that synchronizes text with audio and video online. In 2019 Boyd received a Fulbright Scholars Research Grant to collaborate with the National Library of Australia on innovative access to online oral history. Boyd is the co-editor of the book Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access, and Engagement published by Palgrave MacMillan, and he is the author of the book Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community which was published by the University Press of Kentucky.  He authors the blog Digital Omnium: Oral History, Archives, and Digital Technology and has written numerous articles pertaining to oral history, archives, and digital technologies.


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