Opening up audio archives through human-­computer collaboration

Pop Up partners with The New York Public Library and The Moth to build a new model for accessible audio

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We’re excited to announce our part in an innovative audio search project that combines two of the things we love most: libraries and storytelling. Thanks to the generous support of The Knight Foundation, The New York Public Library was awarded a grant in partnership with The Moth and Pop Up Archive to prototype an automatic transcript generation and correction model.

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A collaborative, searchable oral history of New York City

The New York Public Library collects stories from around the city

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We spoke with Brian Foo, a developer for NYPL Labs, whose team is using Pop Up Archive to create an innovative, collaborative, fully searchable oral history project.

As part of its Community Oral History Project, the NYPL first started working with Pop Up Archive on Visible Lives, a collection of stories from New Yorkers living with disabilities. Over 60 community members have recorded 150 interviews and counting at NYPL branch libraries. The NYPL wanted to create an interactive listening experience for all audiences.

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