[On Wednesday] we celebrate[d] the official release of StoryCorps.me, a global platform where anyone in the world can record and upload an oral history interview.
This effort is a wish come true for StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, the 2015 recipient of the TED Prize. The prize comes with $1 million to invest in a powerful idea. Dave’s was to create an app, with a companion website at StoryCorps.me, that guides users through the StoryCorps interview experience from recording to sharing the story online. Hear him talk about his vision in Vancouver last week. The website will serve as a home for these recordings, and also provide interviewing and editing tools.
All stories shared to StoryCorps.me during the first year after launch will be archived at the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress.
The new app “has a microphone. It can give you instructions. It can send audio files. Those are the key ingredients,” says Isay. “It helps you pick questions, and gives you all the tips you need to record a meaningful StoryCorps interview, and then with one tap upload it.”
The Library will regularly gather copies of these uploaded interviews from the StoryCorps.me site for long-term preservation. While traditional StoryCorps interviews can be accessed onsite at the Library, for the life of StoryCorps.me, all access to the new DIY collection will be through the website.
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