Do you love history, news, and games? If yes, you will definitely want to play this game and spread word about it. We are pleased to bring you an interview with Sadie Roosa, WGBH Archivist and AAPB Metadata Specialist, about how librarians can get involved with the WGBH FIX IT game.
Tell us about the AAPB FIX IT game.
WGBH, on behalf of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) and with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services recently launched FIX IT. This online game allows members of the public to help AAPB professional archivists improve the searchability and accessibility of more than 40,000 hours of digitized, historic public media content. FIX IT unveils the depth of historic events recorded by public media stations across the country and allows anyone and everyone to join together to preserve public media for the future. FIX IT players can rack up points on the game leaderboard by identifying and correcting errors in machine-generated transcriptions that correspond to AAPB audio. They can listen to clips and follow along with the corresponding transcripts, which sometimes misidentify words or generate faulty grammar or spelling. Each error fixed is points closer to victory. Players’ corrections will be made available in public media’s largest digital archive.
How can librarians get involved with the AAPB FIX IT game collaboration?
There are several ways librarians can get involved. The first and easiest way is just by spreading the word. If you think your patrons would enjoy playing FIX IT, post about it on your website and social media accounts. We even have graphics and sample posts that we can send to you to make sharing as easy as possible. The AAPB team is also hoping to plan events around the game. If your library would be interested in hosting an event, like perhaps a “transcript-a-thon” in a computer lab at your location, please let us know. We’d be happy to collaborate with you on planning the event and demonstrating FIX IT.
Who would you like to play the FIX IT game?
Ideally we’d like everyone to play it! Currently we’re specifically focusing on two types of players. First, we really want to reach players who want to volunteer their time and contribute their skills to helping make this amazing collection accessible. This group includes history/public media enthusiasts, senior citizens, and fellow librarians and archivists.
We’re also reaching out to players who can gain skills from playing the game. This group includes high school students, prison reentry programs, adult basic education and bridge to college programs, and lifelong learners. By playing the game, you are learning and demonstrating editing and digital skills. To recognize these skills, the AAPB is developing a system where we can award certificates for players that have successfully worked on a certain number of transcripts.
It must be very interesting to work at WGBH. What do you like most about your position?
I love working at WGBH, especially as part of the Media Library and Archives and the AAPB. Our collections contain such an amazing record of both local and national 20th century history. As the AAPB’s metadata specialist, my main focus is improving what information we’ve captured about assets in our collection and improving how we share that data with our users through our website. It can be really fun because I get to interact with so many different types of content and watch broadcasting trends and styles evolve. I’ve become an expert on so many random things just through cataloging programs about them; for example, I’ve come to know a whole lot about local Boston history and politics from the 70s and 80s, home gardening techniques, and the science and politics around nuclear weapons and technologies during the Cold War.
How can our members connect with you?
If you’re interested in planning a transcript event, or if you would like us to send you materials (physical or digital) to share with your patrons, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interview with Sadie Roosa, WGBH Archivist and AAPB Metadata Specialist