For our annotating oral history assignment, I chose to annotate an partial B.B. King interview that was aired on PBS and the Tavis Smiley show. The interview was conducted by Tavis Smiley on September 10, 2013. This video shows partials from the entire interview and highlights how his mother would feel about him being a musician, where he learned to play, how he named his guitar Lucille, and how much earned for his first album.
To annotate the interview, we used Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS), a system which increases access to oral histories. Adding the interview to the OHMS system seemed relatively straightforward. There were several metadata fields that could be filled out, including: title, interviewee, interview date, collection, series, subject, duration, and media host, to name a few. Very few fields were required, allowing for fields to remain blank if they were not applicable. While the information for the B.B. King was added fairly quickly, I have been struggling to have the video appear after saving the metadata and the media url.
Not having the video load properly made it a little difficult to do the next part, the actual annotating. To annotate the video, I first typed out everything that I heard during the interview. It went fairly quickly since the video is just under 5 minutes. Adding the text to the video proved problematic. The text should correlate to different time points in the video but since it isn’t loading there aren’t any time stamps to associate it with. For now, the entire transcription is associated with the beginning of the video.