Add automatic tags to your audio posts in WordPress

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Interview from the Detroit Sound Conservancy’s Greystone collection

Why is it hard to find audio on the web? Audio isn’t text. That means it doesn’t get indexed by search engines.

Don’t worry: Pop Up Archive is taking care of that. We’ve developed a WordPress plugin that lets you quickly add audio and automatic tags straight to blog posts. No more annoying manual tag entry — and no more digging through old file folders buried in your hard drive. You can access your audio and tags right from inside WordPress.

What you see when you add media to a WordPress post:

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Why it makes your life easier:

  • Seamlessly integrate Pop Up Archive auto-tags into your blog post with the “Add Tags” button. (You can approve and reject the tags on Pop Up Archive — or add your own.)
  • Embed a player for your audio by clicking “Add Shortcode.”

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Ready to check it out? Install the plugin and get started today.

Need help setting it up? Don’t hesitate to contact us with support questions. 

Final pro tip: Even if you don’t use WordPress, you can easily embed our audio player into the html of any other site, including tumblr, by simply clicking the “embed” button on any Pop Up Archive item page.

Let Our Video Go!

Guest post by Roger Macdonald about The TV News Archive, an inspiring project from the Internet Archive that lets users search and share clips of U.S. TV news programs by repurposing closed captioning text. Via archive.org

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UI / UX Advances in Freeing Information Enslaved by an Ancient Egyptian Model  Or… Why Video Scrolling is so Last Millenniums

In creating an open digital research library of television news, we have been challenged by being unable to reference a current user experience model for searching video. Conventional video search requires users to start at the beginning of video and proceed at the pace and sequencing dictated by content creators. Our service has vaulted over the confines of the linear video storytelling framework by helping users jump into content at points directly pertaining to their search.  But by doing so, we have left some of our prospective users adrift, without a conceptual template to rely on.  That is until this April, with the release of a new user interface.

Treating video as infinitely addressable data is enabling us to do an increasingly better job at getting researchers right to their points of interest. While revolutionary in its application to television news at the scale we are doing it, it does have an antecedent in a prior media revolution — the transition from the age of scrolls to printed books. Gutenberg used movable type to print identical bibles in the mid-1400′s. It took a hundred more years before detailed indexes started appearing at the end of books. The repurposing of closed captioning to facilitate deep search of video is, in some ways, as significant for television as the evolution from parchment and papyrus rolls to page numbered and indexed books.

The value of most major innovations can only be realized when people adapt their conceptual models to understand and use them. Our interface design challenge included helping users make a perceptual leap from a video experience akin to ancient Egyptians unfurling scrolls to that of library-literate modern readers, or the even more recent experience of being able to find specific Web “pages” via search engines.

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Our latest interface version helps users cross the cognitive bridge from video “scrolling” through television programs to accessing them instead as digitally indexed “books” with each page comprised of 60-second video segments. We convey this visually by joining the video segments with filmstrip sprocket border graphics. Linear, like film, but also “paginated” for leaping from one search-related segment to another.

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When searching inside individual broadcasts, the new interface reinforces that metaphor of content hopping by truncating presentation of interleaving media irrelevant to the search query. We present the search-relevant video segments, while still conveying the relative “distance” between each jump — again referencing the less efficient linear “scroll” experience that most still find more familiar.

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The new UI has another revolutionary aspect that also hearkens back to one of the great byproducts of the library index model: serendipitous discovery of adjacent knowledge. Dan Cohen, founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America recently recounted, “I know a professor who was hit on the head by a book falling off a shelf as he reached for a different one; that book ended up being a key part of his future work.”

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When using the new “search within” a single program feature, the browser dynamically refines the results with each character typed. As typing proceeds towards the final search term, unexpected 60-second segments and phrases arise, providing serendipitous, yet systematic choices, even while options narrow towards the intended results. These surprising occurrences suggest the diverse opportunities for inquiry afforded by the unique research library and encourage some playful exploration.

The Internet Archive is still in the early stages of helping guide online television out of its imprisonment in ancient conceptual frameworks. A bright future awaits knowledge seekers and content creators alike when digital video is optimized for systematic discovery of even short segments. New audiences and new use-cases will be joined with media that has been languishing for too long in digital tombs, mostly unseen and unheard.

At its heart, the Internet Archive is an invitation to explore and collaborate. Please, join us in evolving digital opportunities to open knowledge for the benefit of all.

Start by giving our service a whirl, find something important and quote it.  I just did – https://twitter.com/r_macdonald/status/463492832867516416

Our public archive is rife with historic audio from the movement for equality and freedom of speech that swept the UC Berkeley campus in the mid 1960s. Check out some of the highlights from the UC-Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library collection:

An audio history of the Free Speech Movement

#HackFSM: Using Pop Up Archive to search speech for the Free Speech Movement Digital Archive

In April, a group at UC-Berkeley made use of the historic content in our collections during a hackathon hosted for students to design the new Free Speech Movement Digital Archive.

The winning site, prototyped in just twelve days, uses Pop Up Archive’s public API to make Free Speech audio searchable directly from the site alongside images, text, and a timeline. By making audio from the UCSF Archives & Special Collections and UC-Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library in Pop Up Archive searchable, forgotten voices of history can be just a keyword search away.

(Note: though audio search is enabled, due to server errors unrelated to Pop Up Archive, audio does not currently play from the hackathon’s winning site.)

Play with our super simple API and imagine how you can incorporate our tools for audio search into your site.

Our public archive is rife with historic audio from the movement for equality and freedom of speech that swept the UC Berkeley campus in the mid 1960s. Check out some of the highlights from the UC-Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library collection:

An audio history of the Free Speech Movement

#HackFSM: Using Pop Up Archive to search speech for the Free Speech Movement Digital Archive

In April, a group at UC-Berkeley made use of the historic content in our collections during a hackathon hosted for students to design the new Free Speech Movement Digital Archive.

The winning site, prototyped in just twelve days, uses Pop Up Archive’s public API to make Free Speech audio searchable directly from the site alongside images, text, and a timeline. By making audio from the UCSF Archives & Special Collections and UC-Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library in Pop Up Archive searchable, forgotten voices of history can be just a keyword search away.

(Note: though audio search is enabled, due to server errors unrelated to Pop Up Archive, audio does not currently play from the hackathon’s winning site.)

Play with our super simple API and imagine how you can incorporate our tools for audio search into your site.