People everywhere are being advised to reconsider their plans for the holidays as America endures a spike in COVID-19 cases. The Great Thanksgiving Listen gives families and communities a safe opportunity to come together, across generations, to listen to the stories of their loved ones. This year, we are offering StoryCorps Connect, a tool for recording and preserving conversations between loved ones, so people can connect while remaining socially distant.
With permission, each interview becomes part of American history in the StoryCorps archive at the Library of Congress and online at archive.storycorps.org. We’re excited to share that in 2020, we are adding transcripts of participants’ interviews powered by Google Cloud’s state-of-the-art AI technology and advanced machine-learning capabilities. With this innovation, StoryCorps’ collection of stories of our time in America is now accessible to more people via search and in written word.
From the Google Cloud Blog:
…we are sharing our collaboration with StoryCorps, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving humanity’s stories through 1:1 interviews. Over the past 17 years, StoryCorps has recorded with more than 600,000 people and sent those recordings to the U.S. Library of Congress where they are preserved for generations to come at the American Folklife Center.
This is the world’s largest collection of human voices on the planet, but, it’s been relatively inaccessible. That’s when StoryCorps approached us to help make its rich archive of first-person history universally accessible and useful.