Given the circumstances of the global coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) Oral History Australia is advising that oral historians postpone face-to-face interviews until further notice.
There are many remote means of interviewing people such as Zoom, Webex and Skype. We note, however, that such technologies can result in poor audio quality that may not be suitable for archiving.
During this time we encourage oral historians to discuss the benefits and limitations of remote interviewing technologies.
Oral History Victoria is inviting discussion on its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oralhistoryvictoria/
as is the Oral History Society in the United Kingdom at https://en-gb.facebook.com/OralHistorySociety/.
Here are some links that maybe of assistance:
- Transom.org has published a summary of tips and tricks on recording remotely and/or safely –https://transom.org/2020/recording-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
- Doug Boyd’s blog – Digital Omnium – https://digitalomnium.com/recording-phone-interviews/ – for landline telephones.
In these challenging times, we urge all members to stay safe.