OHA Metadata Case Studies Survey: Your Voice Matters
How to complete this survey:
This survey has been prepared by the Oral History Association's Metadata Task Force (OHA MTF). It may be completed by one person representing the practices of the whole; or, it may be used as an exercise among your staff/team. While we've included some basic introductory questions, we are mostly interested in your long answers to open-ended questions about your processes, successes, and pain points around describing oral histories. Your answers will enrich and expand our findings about oral history metadata practices, which we plan to report out in forthcoming publications and presentations.

We anticipate this survey will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. You may submit your answers, and return to add/edit at a later date. This survey will remain open through February 2019, but we encourage you to complete it at your earliest convenience.

If you have any questions about this survey, or the work of the MTF, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at oha.metadata@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Doug Boyd, Lauren Kata, Natalie Milbrodt, Steven Sielaff and Jaycie Vos
OHA Metadata Task Force

Email address *
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Institution name (include name of parent institution, if applicable) *
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Overall collection size *
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Number of oral history interviews within your collection *
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Number of oral history interviews conducted per year *
Number of interviews you collect each year that were conducted by others outside your institution *
Total number of hours per week spent working with oral history collections (ALL staff, students, volunteers, etc) *
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Describe the resources that your institution devotes to oral history (for example, dedicated people, $, equipment, grants, and other resources) *
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Describe your collection, e.g., its scope and content
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How do you make your interviews accessible? What does "accessible" mean to you? *
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What role does metadata play in making interviews accessible? *
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How would the public (or your community) discover your oral histories? *
Your answer
Talk about what makes oral history "special" (or, difficult), in your experience. Or, what makes oral history "easy" if that's your experience.
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#metadatamatters
In your institution's workflow, when do oral histories get described? (check all that apply) *
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What metadata do you create / capture before interviews are conducted? *
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What metadata do you create / capture after interviews are conducted, before they move to the archive? *
Your answer
What metadata do you create / capture during processing of a collection? *
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What metadata do you create / capture after interviews are conducted and moved into the archive? *
Your answer
What metadata do you create / capture during upload to online website/content management system? *
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In your institution, which descriptive standards and/or tools do you use for oral histories? *
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Think about your system for making interviews discoverable, available, understandable, and usable. How are things working for you? *
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Please explain your answer above: What's working well? What limitations do you face? What needs are being met? What prevents you from doing more? *
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Does your institution fully capture everything that's important to know about an oral history interview, and/or collection? What could be added?
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Does your institution have an efficient workflow around the tasks that involve metadata? What would improve it? *
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How does your institution's descriptive practice make room for technology changes? *
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Is there anything else you think our community should know about your metadata practices?
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May we publish your responses in the work we produce (including our anticipated metadata ecosystem)? *
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If you have any documents, screenshots, etc of your workflow or other materials that illuminate your descriptive practices, we'd love to receive them. Please email attachments to oha.metadata@gmail.com.
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