Digital archiving practices in the Netherlands have permitted increased access to oral history collections. Oral historians who are utilizing these resources may not be aware of the full range of capabilities of digital research infrastructures, which not only allow for organizing and disseminating data, but also a means of data preparation and analysis.
CLARIAH (Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) OH Workshop: Transcribing and analysing oral history in digital research environments is designed to increase understanding of digital research infrastructures among professional oral historians in the Netherlands.
My time in the Netherlands coincided with the 25 October workshop at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and I was fortunate enough to be included as a participant. During the workshop I learned about the basics of speech (what is it? how is it produced?) and how these fundamentals translate into archiving data software using speech recognition technology; overview of the transcription chain of preparing and processing data model; and the benefits and limitations of current technologies.