Preserve This Podcast is an Andrew W. Mellon grant-funded project hosted by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) to help podcasters protect their work against the threats of digital decay.
Episode 5: RSS Resuscitations
Podcasts rely on RSS feeds for distribution. But what happens when podcasters stop paying for RSS hosting? How can we keep podcasts accessible? In this episode, Molly Schwartz and Sarah Nguyen explore options for free self-hosting for the Preserve This Podcast podcast. Featuring Dave Winer, Jason Scott, Elsie Escobar, and Brad Smith. Find out more, download our zine, and RSVP to our traveling workshops at [preservethispodcast.org].
Ep4: Metadata Meta-awareness
Metadata makes podcast files accessible. Follow Kaytlin Bailey, host of the Oldest Profession podcast, as she tries to make little-known histories of sex work accessible, now and in the future. We will cover MP3 ID3 tags, episode descriptions, transcripts, and how machine learning will affect podcast discovery. Featuring host and producer Molly Schwartz, and archivists Dana Gerber-Margie and Mary Kidd. Find out more, download our zine (p.12), and RSVP to our traveling workshops at [preservethispodcast.org].
Episode 3: Back it up
Get ready for the digital storage showdown! Nearly everyone has a hard drive horror story. If you listen to this podcast, you won’t be one of them. In this episode we work with Amanda McLoughlin and Eric Silver, two indie podcasters working with the Multitude production collective. We go over the best techniques for backing up files, from hard drives to RAIDs to cloud storage. Find out more, download our zine (p.10), and RSVP to our traveling workshops at [preservethispodcast.org].
Episode 2: Get Organized
The first step in preserving a podcast is to get organized! For this episode we work with Dan Weissman, the producer of a podcast called An Arm and a Leg, on organizing his files. We cover folder structures, file naming conventions, and the challenges of navigating digital oceans of stuff. Find out more, download our zine, and RSVP to our traveling workshops at [preservethispodcast.org].
Episode 1: Time to Take Notice
Alice Y. Hom is an oral historian who is trying to turn the interviews she’s collected into a new podcast, called Historically Queer. But even though Alice has devoted her life to preserving overlooked pieces of history, she has no idea how to preserve her podcast. Find out more, download our zine, and RSVP to our workshops at [preservethispodcast.org].
Prologue: Podcasts are Disappearing
“The Podsucker” is a machine that Jason Scott built in his basement 15 years ago. Jason was trying to capture all the podcasts -- before they disappear. Preserve This Podcast is a series about how podcasts are disappearing. And what podcasters can do to save them. Follow along with our podcast preservation exercises by downloading the zine at preservethispodcast.org.
An Absolute Must Listen
While most of the information discussed inthis short run podcast is geared at podcasters trying to save themselves future heartbreak, the techniques discussed are applicable to pretty much any data storage and sharing.
This is best experienced as a listen and do-along with the short digital magazine published on their website that can walk you through the basics of setting yourself up for success. Additionally, they've got a template for setting up your own RSS feed via GitHub if you don't want to go with a podcast distribution service or are looking to migrate your podcast to your own server after spinning it down.
There's valuable informationa about, as you might imagine, how to preserve your podcast, but it's not limited to how to save things so they don't disappear. There's some guidelines for how to work with the files, file structure, backup strategies, metadata, etc.
If you work with files on a computer at all, you probably have a horror story of something you've lost as a result of an accident, hardware or software failure, etc. This podcast gives you some of the tools you'll need to avoid disasters in the future and make it easier to revisit your work later.
Don’t let your Work be lost
This podcast will save you a lot of heartache if you’re a podcaster!
Not just for podcasters!
These five episodes go a long way to help podcasters organize and ultimately preserve their files, but let me just say, as someone who does not have a podcast, that the organizational plans discussed on Preserve This Podcast are useful to anyone who has a desktop full of folders, Word docs, PDFs, etc. And even if meta data is something you're generally not dealing with daily, isn't it nice to finally understand them?