Digital Evolution: Innovative Survival

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Presentation for the 2013 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this presentation, the authors discuss digitization methodologies, skills, and economic factors relating to the Oklahoma Historical Society.

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Pryse, JA & Wojcik, Nicholas September 20, 2013.


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Presentation for the 2013 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this presentation, the authors discuss digitization methodologies, skills, and economic factors relating to the Oklahoma Historical Society.

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20 p.: ill.


Abstract: To convey a story the words, the music, the literature and the sounds must survive. Without these essential tools we lose the story. The need for critical understanding of archival media preservation and digital consciousness within research, museum and library settings is imperative and we must act immediately with fervor and knowledge. For the session, we will cover multiple aspects of archival materials, the range of audiences in which the processes will reach and the imperativeness of our actions as museum, research and library care-takers. Through collaboration with a specialized Audio Engineer, the experience of a legendary interviewer and the example of the Oklahoma Historical Society’s “Living Legends Collection” of audio recordings, the audience will become familiarized with the need for the evolution of archival material and tell the story of those before, through the delicate nature of preservation techniques in the research archives environment. The ability to reach children, teens and adults ranging multiple continents through the internet, social media or with the ease of transport and access of evolved archival material is available and used by many on a daily basis. As a Digital Projects Specialist the task is to set in motion the systematic digitization of the archival materials located within the Oklahoma Historical Society repository. With the specific knowledge of Audio Engineers, Video Production Specialists and skilled professionals that radiate beyond the typical librarian, archivist or museum staff we discover the ability of technical guidance not only enhances the quality of the digital evolution but increases the productivity through focused software, hardware and technical management of those trained on the authentic skill specific talents. It is not to say that the archivist or librarian does not have knowledge of these preservation and digital techniques, it is instead to focus on the amount of knowledge held within the engineer or production specialist that embraces the functionality of the archival material. With these members of the staff we not only are allowed the expedient processing and digitization of material but it is that expedience that we reach the public in a rapid manner thus enabling a widespread exchange of story-telling with a quality that embraces the sought after original standard that the material once held. When considering power of story as movement of historical information from generation to generation it is without question the requisite of digital evolution. For the session we would like to present our methodology, skill set specialties, economical factors of specialized handling and the need for critically assessing the present state of archival collections. Our goal is to provide practical applications through basic techniques and to relay the essential need for immediate actions. The research is funded by the Oklahoma Historical Society.


  • Second Annual Digital Frontiers Conference, 2013, Denton, Texas, United States


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Pryse, JA & Wojcik, Nicholas. Digital Evolution: Innovative Survival, presentation, September 20, 2013; ( accessed November 30, 2023), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library,; crediting UNT Digital Scholarship Cooperative (DiSCo).

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