What is research data? Some Examples
what is reasearch data?
2.4 Video and audio
Video and audio can be two things to the researcher. They can be a tool to record evidence and obtain facts (often as oral history records) or they can be primary evidence in their own right (such as news-reels or historical television or radio programmes). However you might use video and audio, the tools are now available to edit, store, and examine these types of multimedia in a variety of ways that was not possible even a few years ago.
PhD student, Jo Byrne from the Department of History, University of Hull introduces the focus of her doctorate study using oral interviews as her raw data. Here she considers the pros and cons and the things that need to be considered when embarking on the creation of audio and video files.
Emmanuel Saboro (University of Hull) is using oral interviews to learn about memories of the slave trade in Ghana. This means that he has to record outside of a controlled environment and ensure that what he records is done well, otherwise the data is lost forever. This is what he has to say about his research.
Using video and audio in these ways is only the tip of the iceburg. Historians of the 20th century are increasingly using radio, television and film as evidence as well as other types of recordings.