Under the direction of Tanya Clement and co-principal investigators Loretta Auvil and David Tcheng, the High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship (HiPSTAS) institute is a two-year initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to explore spoken text audio files from the nineteenth century to the present day. These audio files comprise poetry readings, interviews of folk musicians, artisans, and storytellers, and stories by elders from tribal communities contain the only recordings of significant literary figures and bygone oral traditions.
The HiPSTAS institute brings together humanists interested in sound scholarship, stewards of sound collections, and computer scientists and technologists versed in computational analytics and visualizations of sound to develop more productive tools for advancing scholarship in spoken text audio and to create new scholarship by considering the needs, resources, and possibilities of developing a digital infrastructure for the study of sound together.
For more on the HiPSTAS institute, read here.
Additionally, there is this article on HiPSTAS in The Chronicle for Higher Educaction: “Scholars Collaborate to Make Sound Recordings More Accessible”.