I spend Saturday at this workshop.
I hoped the workshop would help me find ways to collect stories I can use. But the workshop is about collecting archive quality interviews for future researchers. Certainly an admirable act; however, for each hour recorded there is twenty hours or more preparation and administration. So, I am conflicted and torn. I would like to collect stories that express the humanity of scientists. I’m not sure how that matches with the goal of making recordings for archive; for future historians.
Still a useful and interesting workshop.
My hope was to learn how to record the stories of scientists. The personal stories on their lives and work. And in some way make these accessible to a wider community. What I am saying is that for scientists the work is in the scientific literature. The stories are not anywhere and they are lost as one generation of scientists passes onto the next.