I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions on the best way to house oral history interviews digitally? We have a (relatively) small collection of interviews done in the 90s through to present day, with the older originals being beta and VHS and the more recent ones born digital. Some of the VHS/beta interviews have been converted into a digital format (though the files are quite large). We have a CMS for the Museum's collection, but I'm unsure whether it is the best place to also house the digitals for the testimony. Our CMS doesn't really lend itself to accessing audio/video files easily, and also some of the files are quite large, im wondering if they need their own system or software to live on (and if there are suggestions as to the best route to go here).
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We at Museums22 have a robust CMS and user products (Mobile applications/ PWA and Web portal) that support audio/ video and text files. We work with many museums in India. Not only can this help you document your files, but also make them easily accessible for those interested in listening. Then there is also a user dashboard to let you know in real time who all have visited your files. We would be happy to give you a demo at your convenience. You can kindly write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We at the College Park Aviation Museum are in a similar situation. We don't have a ton of oral histories, but we do have some. We store it as basic files. We are lucky to have a large network drive and I just have the oral histories saved in a dedicated folder, clearly marked. I also have physical files for transcripts (if we have them), appropriate paperwork, and finding aides.
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