Converting tapes and other fagile media to digital audio files is almost a trival matter today.  But what format should be used for long term storage? What metadata should accompany the files?  How can or should they be accessed?

The ResCarta Toolkit can help build a true audio archive. With Broadcast Wav format, Library of Congress audioMD and MODS metadata, checksum validation over time and an almost instant website to allow for discovery and access; the ResCarta Toolkit is your answer to organize your audio history.


Existing Transcriptions

Oral historians have been transcribing audio since the creation of audio recording devices.  Thinking about digitizing these and making them accessible? The ResCarta Toolkit can convert scanned paper documents into fully searchable digital objects.  Have the transcription in a proprietary word processing format  and have the original audio file, then use Audacity to convert your existing audio file to WAV format and add metadata using the Metadata Creation Tool.  Open your word procssing file, copy the text and use a NOTE field to store the transcription.  Name the NOTE field to "Transcription" and it can be fully indexed by the ResCarta Indexer and used as a search field in ResCarta-Web.  Go even further by checking the "Enable Audio Transcription" box on the Data Conversion Tool and have your audio automatically transcribed (English only for now).  The full transcription can be editied and corrected with the Audio Transcription Tool. Now your archive will contain a standard Broadcast Wave formatted file complete with your word processed transcription and the automatic transcription with each word and timestamp stored within.