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Dear EDTECH List: Greetings! We are pleased to announce that The HistoryMakers Digital Archive of 400 African American video oral history interviews are now available online on a test basis to registered users. We invite you to join the first users of this powerful new gateway to African American history and experience. Founded in July of 1999, The HistoryMakers(www.thehistorymakers.com) has grown into the nation's largest African American video oral history archive. Its collection includes the interviews of President Barack Obama(then an Illinois State Senator), civil rights leader Julian Bond, children's advocate Marion Wright Edelman, to name a few. The HistoryMakers Digital Archive has been available at select locations since 2005, garnering rave reviews both for the richness of its searching and viewing tools and for the quality of its oral history content. The new, web-based archive may be accessed online from anywhere, and offers unparalleled search capacities based on recent work performed by The HistoryMakers and Carnegie Mellon University's Informedia Digital Video Library( http://www.informedia.cs.cmu.edu/). . As a registered user of the new web-based archive, you will be able to: * Search the spoken text of over 900 hours of video divided into 18,254 story segments. * Filter searches by geography, time period, and the gender, occupation and birth year of the interviewee. * View your search results as 3-5 minute video story segments, each aligned with a running transcript below a Flash video player (compatible with most browsers). * Save video story segments of interest and return to them through web site bookmarking. * Search dozens of historical topics, biographical themes and interview qualities, newly coded to interview segments through thousands of hours of human indexing. To give one example, using the interface's new 143-term coding tree you could search for "Neighborhood" stories on "Finding Opportunities" and view Nikki Giovanni's story about promoting her book party at Birdland in Harlem in 1968. The HistoryMakers Digital Archive allows searching at an unprecedented level of detail and efficiency, setting a standard for video oral history description and access. This web-based digital archive is only the second stage of testing for The HistoryMakers Digital Archive of African American oral histories that we hope to license to libraries nationwide. Please join us in providing greater access to an invaluable heritage. In order to participate as a test user, we ask that you: Register Be active in your use and searches of our archive(we want to see what users find of interest as well as how user friendly the archive is) Not give access to your password to another user Follow this link, to join the archive! <http://www.idvl.org/thehistorymakers/> We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your feedback. Sincerely, Julieanna L. Richardson Founder & Executive Director The HistoryMakers --- Edtech Archives, posting guidelines and other information are at: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb Please include your name, email address, and school or professional affiliation in each posting. To unsubscribe send the following command to: LISTSERV@H-NET.MSU.EDU SIGNOFF EDTECH