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Faculty Project Archive

OHLA supports the digital project infrastructure needs of faculty, instructional staff, and students on small teaching-focused campuses— where community-based curriculum generates interview media and digital stories that fall outside the collection interests of their home institutions’ library or special collections.


The OHLA Faculty Project Archive is designed to fill this immediate need by providing access to a base WordPress platform with a theme and suite of plugins well-suited to academic digital projects. The installation of the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer on the server side— and a replicable model for integrating tools such as Internet Archive, PopUp Archive, ESRI StoryMaps, StoryMaps JS, and Timeline JS to stream and visualize media— provides a base level of digital project services we’re offering. (We’ll also be publishing tutorials to get you up and running on your own servers and platforms.)

Authors of projects published here retain their copyright, and the media rendered here is streamed and hosted in a variety of different ways in accordance with the “best practice” technology stack available to the researcher, though the user experience is designed to be consistent across all projects if fully implemented.

Explore current faculty and student work in the project archives to the right, or navigate through the top menu bar. OHLA Steering Committee faculty are publishing their first interview sets in Winter and Spring terms of the 2015-2016 academic year. A call for proposals will circulate through GLCA-affiliated schools in March. The second tier of funded projects will be trained in Summer, and begin to archive projects in Fall of the 2016-2017 academic year.