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Internet Access to Oral Recordings

Five years ago, Web access to oral history was unthinkable. Today, technology has advanced and the Web has increasingly become a mainstream method for information sharing and retrieval. The Oral History Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) has been a leader in the development of digital delivery of oral histories and historic material, but, somewhat ironically, we have not yet delivered our programs on the Web. For over ten years, we have been developing interactive, CD-ROM based programs, called Project Jukebox, which integrate full audio from oral history recordings with photographs, biographical and interview setting context information, maps, transcripts, and keyword access to audio sections. Unlike most other programs, we provide access to the entire recording.

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