Today I spoke with developers, researchers, and repository managers attending the Open Repositories 2012 conference in Edinburgh and obtained valuable feedback on the idea of a device for automated transcription and deposit of audio files.
Many institutional repositories were designed to store and provide access primarily to text based file formats, such as PDF and Microsoft Word, which replicate the format of traditional academic print journal articles. However, increased interest in the use of multimedia in education and scholarly communications, in part due to the transliteracy movement, has motivated institutional repositories to accept additional file formats.
Some repositories have started to store audio files, such as primary documents in oral history projects, and video files, such as seminars presented by guest lecturers. Most repositories are inherently capable of storing these files, because they are capable of storing any digital file type. The challenge, though, is in providing a level of findability and access for multimedia equivalent to the access provided for text based formats.