Reading and recording text content are not trivial. Technology surely has opened up a lot of possibilities and it is intuitive to make the best use of them. The output of such recordings without a standard protocol would be a herculean task, especially when we try and put them up as our podcasts. Usually, volunteers are scattered across Karnataka, the focal area at the moment and they record and share materials in varied formats.
One of our experienced volunteer who has spent years working with visually challenged students explain
some volunteers record on a decent quality voice recorder and some use their mobile phones. There are a few who went a step ahead to buy a professional recorder to do such recording. Despite that, whenever I pool these files, I need to spend a substantial amount of time cleaning up the content, archiving and especially converting them to mp3 format.
Sahana Venugopal, Mysuru
We felt it is important to put together a set of best practice guidelines to help volunteers, with minor improvements in what they are already doing, deliver better quality outputs.