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In many ways the interviewer is most qualified to transcribe the interview. As the person best acquainted with the narrator and the subject matter, the interviewer can draw upon the interview experience for deciphering hard-to-understand sections, and recall the context of the interview as she types. 2. Qualities of a Good Transcriber • Accurate typing • Attention to detail • Subject background • Accurate speller • Adept in using transcribing equipment • Expert with word-processing programs STAFF MEMBERS.
We often associate tape with analog and disc with digital, and indeed they often line up this way, but this is not a direct correspondence and it is important to separate them in our thinking. Recording Media These are the physical devices that carry the recorded interview—the discs and tapes that come into the archive. Recording media can be magnetic or optical, analog or digital, and there are fine distinctions even within these categories. DVDs, and MiniDiscs are common optical storage media.
If the narrator insists that material be deleted from the transcript (and therefore from the public record), then the recording must be restricted from public use. In the past, sections of tape were erased to accomplish this, but this is neither good archival practice, nor is it practical for large collections. PUTTING THEORY INTO PRACTICE Transcribing is an expensive and exacting task.