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Thursday, October 4 • 10:00 - 10:30
I just found my grandma on your webpage! Accessibility and collection of oral history interviews at the Österreichische Mediathek

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The Österreichische Mediathek is Austria's archive for the collection of Austria's audiovisual cultural heritage. Among the more than 2 million recordings we currently take care of, oral history interviews are playing an increasingly important role. Within the last 15 years, we built one of the largest oral history collections in Austria, containing interviews from different sources on various analogue and digital carriers.

Apart from the different thematic priorities that range from testimonies of survivors of the Holocaust to reflections of every day experiences of migrants at the beginning of the 21st century, the ways in which we are able to provide access to these documents can vary strongly. In addition to legal issues, in recent years there have been increasingly ethical questions regarding the online publication of this sensitive content.

How can we respond to an increasing awareness of privacy concerns? What are the main obstacles for permanent online access? What happens to interview collections after the end of project funding? Building on our problems, challenges and experiences from different collection projects and the participation in aggregation projects such as Europeana Sounds, I would like to address some of the challenges related to the long-term online availability of our oral history collections.

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Janet Topp Fargion

Lead Curator, World and Traditional Music, British Library
Janet Topp Fargion is an ethnomusicologist with research interests in South Africa and the Swahili Coast. She graduated with a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1992. She joined the British Library in 1994 as Lead Curator of World and Traditional Music where she... Read More →

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Johannes Kapeller

Media Archivist, Österreichische Mediathek
Johannes Kapeller is media archivist at the Österreichische Mediathek since 2003. He studied Cultural Anthropology and Communication science at the University of Vienna. His main work areas are Public Relations, Project Management, Visitor Care and Cooperations. Since 2016 he is... Read More →

Thursday October 4, 2018 10:00 - 10:30 GMT
Main Hall / Auditorium Department of Economics, University of Ghana, Legon

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