In Your Own Words – Complete

In Your Own Words was a program to collect the region’s oral history using the recording tools at the Stanley Milner Library. Once a week in the evening of March and April 2015, citizens were openly invited to the EPL Stanley Milner Makerspace to record a story or interview at one of the Makerspace’s reserved vocal studio space. Audio is housed on a site on Soundcloud, a cloud-based audio sharing site, where it can be accessed by the general public. Listen here.

Results were mapped, and particular moments in stories are embedded on the map points. Also, a series of workshops have been held to tag themes and content to create a searchable tool to engage with the content. This is still in the works. The code to scrape the metadata tags (in the form of comments) can be seen on github here (thanks, Connor Moreside!).

oral history pic

We’re planning on using Mapbox to embed the soundcloud player right in the map bubble from this open source code.

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