Do you have spoken-word audio files in need of tagging, transcription and preservation? Trying to start a podcast or share your oral histories online? If so, then Pop Up Archive may be the answer for you. With Pop Up Archive, simply upload your files and then sit back while they automatically apply tags, and transcribe the audio, making it searchable down to the second. It generally takes Pop Up about the length of the recording to create a transcript, so a 30 minute recording should take about a half-hour to process. Pop Up allows users to edit the generated transcripts and their suggested tags.
Use of Pop Up Archive requires signing up for a plan depending on how many hours of audio you will be processing a month. There are personal plans, including a free option, and business plans. The free plan provides one hour of audio processing each month and only basic transcripts for the first two minutes of your audio files, but premium transcripts can be ordered for $22 per hour. Premium transcripts are more accurate and are created using software designed for broadcast and oral history recordings. So far Pop Up can only process English language recordings, but their hope is to support Spanish soon
Another service option is a customizable enterprise plan. This is useful if you have a collection of audio files that need to be uploaded once, rather than the need for recurring uploads. Pop Up Archive receives its support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 500 Startups, and Bloomberg Beta.
Users include journalists, media companies, and historians. One major project using Pop Up Archive for support is the Studs Terkel Radio Archive, a joint project of WFMT Chicago, the Chicago History Museum and the Library of Congress. Pop Up Archive provided a customized project plan for the staff of the Studs Terkel Radio Archive and is transcribing the digitized audio files. Terkel was on the radio at WFMT Chicago for almost 50 years and interviewed approximately 5,000 influential and famous people. At this point the project’s website only contains information until the more than 9,000 hours of interviews can be digitized by the Library of Congress and transcribed by Pop Up Archive.
Until the website is complete, materials from the Terkel Archive can be accessed through Pop Up along with other materials from Pop Up Archives public collections. Users can also choose to “Explore” and browse for audio content by tag, creator, interviewer, interviewee, host, guest, and other categories and enjoy all the content made public by Pop Ups users.