Welcome to the HistoryMakers ScienceMakers Video Archive

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Collaboration between The HistoryMakers and Carnegie Mellon University Informedia Project

The ScienceMakers: African Americans and Scientific Innovation oral history collection is a growing collection of interviews with scientists, as of October 2011 at 40 interviews holding over 2000 story segments. This collection is designed to increase awareness of the contributions of African American scientists, raise awareness of STEM careers, and increase understanding of STEM concepts. It is supported by the National Science Foundation, DRL-0917612.

The interface is being iteratively developed and refined, beginning with a strong foundation of work from the NSF-funded digital video library work that has taken place at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) under the Informedia research team. The active collaboration of The HistoryMakers and its executive director Julieanna Richardson with CMU makes this work possible. The first collaboration between The HistoryMakers and Informedia was made possible through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grant LG-03-03-0048-03. The online web Digital Archive benefited greatly from a workshop held at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) in the summer of 2007 under the direction of Randforce Associates, in the UB Technology Incubator.

The goal of current NSF funding, NSF Grant No. IIS-0705491, is to share Informedia processing capabilities and interfaces especially suitable for video oral history collections as open source, for the benefit of other video collection holders and users. The work was presented at the annual Oral History Association (OHA) meetings in 2008, 2010, and 2011., and will be presented at the OHA Meeting in Cleveland, OH in 2012.

On the CMU path to this goal of openly sharing systems, software, and interfaces into digital video libraries, we are beta-testing features with The HistoryMakers as well as other oral history collections. For a roadmap of our past research work and publications, please consult the Foundation Work page.