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The resources below can be used for oral history projects related to the conservation of cultural heritage.

Consent Forms

These consent form templates have been drawn up in consultation with the Legal Counsel of the IXA office UvA-AUAS as part of research projects from the Interviews in Conservation Initiative. They have been designed with deposition at DANS-KNAW in mind, in accordance with the FAIR principles for research data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).


Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) can be used to automatically transcribe recordings. We currently recommend Whisper, an automatic speech recognition system developed by Open AI. In terms of privacy, the recognition takes place on your own computer. Therefore, your data remains yours and is not shared with third parties. Please download the guidelines (pdf) for a step-by-step instruction from audio source to transcript.


Each interview transcript should be preceded by a block with metadata, giving a basic description of and context to the transcript. The metadata templates below have been developed within the Interviews in Conservation Initiative, in collaboration with DANS-KNAW. Besides aiding with interpretation of the transcript, these templates serve as a guideline for adding metadata to the interview during deposition at DANS-KNAW.

File names

To process data with digital tooling and for findability it is advisable to give all files the same name, or at least the same start of the name, so that they are always found grouped in search strings in archives. You can follow the guide for a suggested convention.