Oral History Interviews File Formats and Organisation

Oral History Interviews File Formats and Organisation

1. Introduction

Sound and video file formats are unsurprisingly more technically complex than the textual data most historians are more familiar with. As a result, you may encounter varying - and even conflicting - advice, which you have to navigate your way through. This discussion will look at the key issues and point to more advanced resources for understanding the technicalities.

Organising your interview data should be more straightforward (unless, perhaps, you are working on a very large project!), and some basic guidance is provided on tools and recommended filenaming practices.