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Richard commented on I remember when...

Hi Rob, I was thinking on similar lines.
If we could supply the person (dying) with a small solid state voice recording device, they could capture their thoughts, conversations and their stories on the device.
These could then be uploaded to a "ListenToMyStory" website so that other people (family and friends) could listen to them. Maybe this could also be turned into print (pdf file).
The point being, during those last few years, months or days, all those heartfelt and wholesome conversations are captured. I have seen an existing service "http://www.hearmystory.com.au/" where they come to you to capture your story.
I was thinking of a simpler solution. The audio stories are captured on any device either a small voice recorder or a mobile phone. This audio is then uploaded to the website.
The smarts are in the upload (website) destination (curation) and then access to the site either by the public or as a private member.
The audio can be saved online for X number of years. The audio will have to be curated and allow search for certain key words e.g. family members can listen to "what was said on this day" or "what did Dad say about this"?
Audio is powerful as it can capture the emotional tone and voice variances. The visual image is best left to the ones listening. In all probability that imagined visual imagery will "morph" as they listen to the audio.
So in summary this is could be an audio recording company. People sign up for a package, an audio recording device can be sent out or captured by individuals and then uploaded to the website. The website will have curators (e.g. Literature students) who will edit the audio and save with keywords for easy retrieval. For starters this could be an English only site.Hope this makes sense. Comments?. - Richard Borges

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Richard commented on The Microbe-Scope

Hi Erik, looking at your Microbe-Scope graphic, I was wondering about the source of data? Were you envisioning, volunteers trawling for this data and updating a central repository? or would there be a live feed(s) to update the view? Also I assume the final scope will be publicly visible (maybe with a level of access control to enable in-depth vs superficial view.  I am interested in the pattern recognition and possible ways to predict either the next "problem" hotspot or possible occurrence location.