Audio Archives

TED Talks

Person Describing Archive

Annie (2010) ; Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?

N (Video)

Sponsoring Person or Institution

TED non-profit org

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General Description of Archive

TED talks are highly popular videos of talks given at various TED conferences each year. TED stands for technology, entertainment, design, and the talks tend to be interesting in both form and content.

Description of archive history or URL

Contact information

Searchable options

TED talks are often fully searchable by keyword.

Relation from the audio to the text

Speeches (on video) are often accompanied by a full-text transcript that runs alongside the video. You can click on any word in the transcript and cue to that point in the audio/video. Transcripts are also sometimes available in multiple languages, making the content even more meaningful to non-English speakers.

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

The user can see the amount of time lapsed, and the total length of each recording.

Author bios and context within literary history

Bios of each speaker and links are included.

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

Streaming video. TED talks are also available as podcasts.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

The site is designed for videos and has a highly graphical interface.

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

The video player is in the main screen.

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)



Browsing is a pleasure. Talks are categorized by speaker, themes, user response (comments and tags), most popular, most emailed, etc.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features

Users can download, comment, favourite, share, tweet, etc.. This is a very user-oriented site.

Other notes

A great example of delivering media on the web. The interactive transcript feature is very useful for the Spoken Web.