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Initially started as a project at University of California, Berkeley, Pop Up Archive is a new tool to help journalists, media, archivists, historians and others easily find and reuse sound.
“As we launch Pop Up Archive publicly, our goal has grown much bigger. We want to make it easy for all storytellers to find and reuse recorded sound. Now, anyone can visit popuparchive.org to make audio findable through auto-transcription, auto-tagging, and easy-to-use sound management tools. We’re gathering thousands of hours of sounds from around the world, audio collections large and small — and they’re all waiting to be discovered,” says Anne Wootton, one of the co-founders.
After having made an audio recording, users can upload it to Pop Up Archive, which automatically transcribes it and issues timestamps, making it easy to search for the recordings. The sounds are indexed so they can be recovered by keyword, date, contributor, location and more. Transcribing isn’t new, of course, and tools like Voicebase already offer that.
“We’ve done the heavy lifting and tethered lots of services in one place: transcription, cataloging, storage, preservation, a hypermedia API, and a platform for processing large amounts of digital sound,” Pop Up Archive says in its description.
Right now, you can visit the website and search through the archives that it has stored, in partnership with Public Radio Exchange (PRX). You can hear Buster Keaton explaining silent film captioning; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plans for his city; and the future of Bitcoin.
There’s thousands of hours of great audio waiting to be discovered at the Pop Up Archive.