Multilingual Access Strategies for Oral Histories: Creating Indexes with OHMS


In this session, Teague Schneiter, Sr. Manager of Oral History Projects at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Oral History Projects Dept.; Brendan Coates, Sr. Archivist of the Oral History Projects Department at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Jon Ille, Archivist at Little Big Horn College; and Tim Bernardis, Librarian at Little Big Horn College, discuss how accessing oral histories online can be a tool in promoting the survival of Indigenous languages and culture. The Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS), a free and open-source tool, enables archivists to create access points for audiovisual material through time-stamped transcripts, indexes, and annotations. Viewers will gain an understanding of the foundational knowledge of how to index digital audio or video recordings and apply context-specific indexing to collections. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Temecula, California, on October 8-10, 2019. 

The implementation shown in this presentation is a proof of concept exploration. At this time, there is no development underway to formally integrate OHMS and Mukurtu CMS. 

This resource provides information on Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OMHS) version 3.7. For the most current information on OHMS, visit and for OHMS support.

This resource provides information on Mukurtu CMS version 2.1. For the most current information on Mukurtu CMS, visit and for Mukurtu support.