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This week: SFOHA interview on The Time Traveler - Zer Netmouse
November 19th, 2006
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This week: SFOHA interview on The Time Traveler
This week the Time Traveler Show features an interview with me about the science fiction oral history association. It was a very casual conversation, so if you want to, go listen to us name drop, laugh together, and talk about the association and how we work to capture SF-related voices and audio content for future historians to enjoy.

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From:dd_b
Date:November 19th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
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The link is wrong, it ends up trying to be a subpage of my friends page, which of course doesn't work. (But it's obvious where the page actually is to me, reading the link.)

Capturing that kind of primary source material is a very good thing. I hope that good archiving techniques are being used to preserve it, as well.
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From:netmouse
Date:November 19th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
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hmm.. I don't see anything wrong with the code, and clicking on the links all work for me. Weird.

If we were to recruit an actual audio archivist, in adition to the sf and history enthusiasts we have, that would help us preserve these things in appropriate ways. A lot of the tapes are in nice tape collection boxes, of which I need to get more for the new collections. But the reel-to-reels are dying. I think all of them have been duped onto standard audio tape but I've been meaning to have a work weekend to double-check for about three years now.

One of our members who had a large collection of video tapes had a bunch of them erased by electrical current, so we're aware of that danger but not precisely doing anything to avoid it. pitfalls seem numerous. Duplicating the archives and getting them into the hands of university libraries and the library of congress seems the best way but we are short-handed.

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From:dd_b
Date:November 19th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
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When I right-click "copy link location" I get "http://netmouse.livejournal.com/www.sfoha.org" (which I suppose LJ may try to turn back into a link again, too).

If I were managing that archive I'd be trying to move into digital as soon as possible; though there are drawbacks as well as benefits (digital tends to be all-or-nothing; perfect or lost). One big benefit is that distributing copies gets very easy.

I'd particularly move to digital for the reel-to-reel, which you have to copy anyway. You don't happen to have a paypal account for contributions, by any chance?
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From:netmouse
Date:November 21st, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
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you can paypal a contribution to me at akgmurphy at gmail. I'll make sure it gets to SFOHA. We really do need to set up a SFOHA paypal account. I'll go send a nudge to the treasurer right now.

Thanks!
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From:netmouse
Date:November 21st, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
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I looked at it again and realized the link had all the right letters but was missing the //

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*sigh*


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