Symposium

Symposium: the leadership team will convene one of the principal activities of the project: a roundtable meeting on intellectual property, transcriptions, digital video, technology, scholarship, preservation, and access / interfaces. The three-day meeting will be hosted by the Library of Congress and attended by approximately 30 library scientists, curators and oral historians, as well as selected experts in intellectual property and digital video technology.  The project Advisory Board members will be among those who participate. Rehberger, Charnley, and MacDowell will chair the sessions. Prior to the meeting, participants will receive results from the best practices content analysis, drafts of the scholarship by each working group, and well as estimates on the quantity and quality of oral histories in place and being planned. A preliminary agenda of the meeting includes the following:

Day 1: Review of research distributed prior to the meeting
Working groups meet to establish outlines
Summarize results from interdisciplinary working groups, plenary meeting offers critiques, feedback
Day 2: Working groups review critiques, amend and extend outline
Plenary meeting summarizes results from  working groups, with opportunity for critiques and feedback
Plenary meeting on organization of knowledgebase and framework
Working groups review knowledge structure with respect to their expanded outlines, brainstorm needs from shared spaces for long-term dissemination and discussion.
Day 3: Working groups separate issues related to best practices and knowledgebase and framework
Summarize results on shared spaces and best practices
Plenary discussion on the design of a scholarly work on implementing the book, knowledgebase, framework, best practices and shared spaces
Discussion of next steps and assignment of responsibilities

The seven groups, each chaired by a member of the advisory board, will develop an outline for a scholarly chapter, best practices, and the needs for shared spaces to continue the dialog. The meeting will alternate between creating outlines on the seven topics and taking time in plenary sessions for critiques, analyzing patterns and create clusters. By the end of the meeting, there should be a summary of issues that will serve as the foundation of a knowledgebase framework for oral history in a digital world. Authors will be chosen to draft chapters.

More details and outcomes of the symposium to follow.