NYPL Labs to Host Open Audio Weekend in late June

This just in from our pals at NYPL Labs. We will see you there!


Open Audio Weekend @ NYPL, June 25-26, 2016

The New York Public Library and The Moth are excited to announce Open Audio Weekend, a two-day hackathon to make audio accessible for the public good.

Libraries and public media are putting a wealth of recorded audio online, in the form of oral histories, podcasts, and radio news. But without full-text transcripts or deeper descriptions, much of this content is beyond the reach of search engines, and inaccessible to the deaf or hard of hearing. Building on NYPL’s & The Moth’s  Together We Listen collaboration, we are hosting a two day hackathon designed to advance the cause of audio accessibility, and to explore future uses of media archives online. Avenues of investigation might include:

  • Developing new ways of discovering, browsing, and listening to audio (e.g. browsing by location)

  • Analyzing, visualizing, or performing entity extraction on audio and transcripts

  • Creating new models for listening to and sharing audio and transcripts (e.g.  creating walking tours)

  • and other investigations crafted by participants like you!

Participants will have access to a wealth of audio, transcriptions, and annotations from event organizers & partners, including The New York Public Library, The Moth, Pop Upr Archive, Fresh Air, PRI’s The World in Words, and more!

If this sounds interesting, we encourage you to apply for Open Audio Weekend and help us spread the word! We're looking for a broad range of participants to create great projects so please share widely. Check out the Open Audio Weekend website for more information and complete a registration application. Contact togetherwelisten@nypl.org with any questions, and we hope to see you in June!