27 March 2015

New StoryCorps App (FREE) -- Your "story" could end up archived with the Library of Congress

StoryCorps has released an app.  You can read more about it here.

The StoryCorps app—a free mobile application—seamlessly walks users through an interview by providing all the necessary tools for a wonderful experience. You will receive help preparing questions, finding the right environment for your conversation, recording a high-quality interview on your mobile device, sharing the finished product with friends and family, and uploading your conversation to the StoryCorps.me website.

This site is a home for the recordings and also provides interviewing and editing resources. In addition, all interviews uploaded to the platform during the first year of the program will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

As mentioned, all interviews uploaded during the 1st year will be archived at the Library of Congress (LOC).  The LOC has posted a blog piece about this project, Ethnography, 21st century-style.

What I also learned in reading out the new app is that this project is the 2015 TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) winner.

Each year Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) awards the prize to someone working on a project with a global impact.

Dave Isay has spent the money on a smartphone app that will allow anyone to contribute conversations.

He hopes to create an "archive of the wisdom of humanity".

The name StoryCorps may ring a bell as each November for the last 2 years we have posted a piece about treating the day after Thanksgiving as a National Day of Listening --  a new national holiday started by StoryCorps in 2008. On the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks everyone to take a few minutes to record an interview with a loved one. You can use recording equipment that is readily available to you, such as computers, iPhones, and tape recorders. How you do it doesn’t matter!

This new project is now making it even easier to capture stories and to do so any day of the year!


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