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    Doug Boyd

    Doug Boyd serves as the Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries. Previously he managed the Digital Program for the University of Alabama Libraries, served as the Director of the Kentucky Oral History Commission and prior to that as the Senior Archivist for the oral history and folklife collections at the Kentucky Historical Society. Boyd serves as the co-general editor for the Kentucky Remembered series for the University Press of Kentucky, and serves as project director for the IMLS funded project "Oral History in a Digital Age," a partnership between Michigan State University's MATRIX, Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the Oral History Association as well as the American Folklore Society. Designed the award winning Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Digital Media Database []. Primary interests include digital preservation of audio and video as well as digital access, usability and oral history interfaces. Most recently, Boyd designed the oral history interface for the Kentuckiana Digital Library. Doug Boyd received his Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University and his undergraduate degree in history from Denison University in Granville, OH.

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    Oral History in a Digital Age

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 | daboyd

    New technologies offer great potential for advancing the practice of oral history. However, they also introduce new questions and issues. Michigan State University, through the MATRIX Center and the Michigan State University Museum, will partner with the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center, the American Folklore Society, and the Oral History Association to recommend standards and best practices for digital oral history. Several multidisciplinary working groups recruited from experts and practitioners from museums, libraries, and scholarly societies will work online, at meetings such as national conferences, and in a symposium at the Library of Congress to produce recommendations around core topics including collecting, curating, and disseminating oral histories, as well as with topics pertaining to ntellectual property, digital video, and technology. Final recommendations from all groups will be published as a guide to conducting digital oral history.  Oral History projects come in all shapes and sizes and trying to establish a comprehensive, best practices for all kinds of projects introduces many challenges.  My goal at ThatCamp is to discuss with those interested in oral history from a variety of backgrounds representing a variety of institutions, their needs, their challenges and their visions for how this project could help them.