Broadcasting A/V Data

Using linked data and archival records to enhance discoverability for broadcasting collections

Broadcasting Audiovisual Data (BA/VD) is an initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to enhance discoverability of archival radio collections using a linked open data framework. A partnership between MITH and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the project is an expansion of the previous NEH-funded project Unlocking the Airwaves. While Airwaves was centered on virtually reuniting one set of geographically separated collections, the National Association of Educational Broadcasters' (NAEB) paper and media collections, BA/VD will connect the linked NAEB collections to three additional complementary collections of educational radio, community radio, and public radio history. These include The National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) collections at UMD Libraries; the Wisconsin Public Radio (WHA) collections at University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries; and the WLB/KUOM collections at University of Minnesota Libraries.

How to Use this Website

This site is considered a sub-domain of the Unlocking the Airwaves website. As such, it contains select information relevant only to this project.

Broadcasting A/V Data (BA/VD) is a grant-funded project applying digital humanities methods to encourage the use of audiovisual collections inside and outside the academy. Our work extends the virtual reunification activity of Unlocking the Airwaves by creating linked data ties to additional materials which contain valuable collections about the history of educational radio.

One central activity of BA/VD is the creation of authority records for the names and organizations associated with these holdings. These records can be browsed by clicking on the Entities link above, which leads you to an alphabetized index of all entities which meet our selection criteria:

  • Entities that overlap more than one of the four collections, or
  • Entities which are represented frequently enough in any one collection that they are considered important to the history of educational radio, regardless of overlap between the four collections.

Documentation and Training

Another goal of BA/VD is to make these processes transparent to and replicable by other stewards of cultural heritage materials who want to use linked data processes to make their collections more discoverable across the semantic web. Below you’ll see links to various types of documentation and training materials we’ve created to help guide others towards this goal.



Project Team

  • Stephanie Sapienza (Principal Investigator, MITH)
  • Eric Hoyt (Principal Investigator, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Emily Frazier (Graduate Research Assistant, MITH)
  • Raffaele Viglianti (Senior Research Software Developer, MITH)
  • Ben Pettis (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Trevor Muñoz (Director, MITH)
  • Daniel Pitti (SNAC Director, University of Virginia)
  • Joseph Glass (SNAC Developer, University of Virginia)
  • Cat Phan (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Steven Dast (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Erik Moore (University of Minnesota)
  • Rebecca Toov (University of Minnesota)
  • Laura Schnitker (University of Maryland Libraries)

Exhibit Curators

  • Christina Gibson, Towson University
  • Glenn Clatworthy, Independent Researcher
  • Jennifer Hyland Wang, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bill Kirkpatrick, University of Winnipeg
  • Marit MacArthur, University of California, Davis
  • Allison Perlman, University of California, Irvine
  • Alexander Russo, The Catholic University of America