Getting started

To get an Audivi website for you or someone you know, complete the information on the Contact page. This will indicate the Audivi subject (the person to be interviewed) and his/her address. Once the form is completed, the interviews will be set up.

1. Interviews

Interviews are conducted in-person at the individual’s home or another quiet, convenient location suitable for audiotaping. The first interview generally lasts 45 minutes – 1 hour. Subsequent visits are scheduled as necessary, depending on the extent of the website and the pace of the interviews. Interview topics may be suggested ahead of time by the Audivi subject or his/her family. If none are suggested, the interview covers general stories regarding parents, grandparents, growing up, schooling, professional life, married life, raising a family, world events, etc. A basic Audivi site generally requires a single interview, lasting less than one hour. Individuals living further than 60 miles from Concord, Massachusetts will incur an additional travel fee for the interviews.

2. Story development

After the interviews are complete, the audio is transcribed, edited and arranged for the website. The stories are brought together to reflect the different time periods or experiences in the individual’s life, and each time period is arranged onto a separate page on the final Audivi site. In addition to editing the written transcription of the interview, the audiotape is edited and spliced into the various stories, making them easy to access on the final site.

Families are given the opportunity to review and approve the edited transcript before the information is assembled onto the website.

3. Photo and memorabilia selection

Families can pre-select photos/memorabilia to be preserved on the website or wait until after the interviews are completed. Once the transcript is arranged, a list of suggested photos/memorabilia will be generated based on the stories and topics referenced in the stories.

Families can upload the materials directly to the Audivi Dropbox or, for an additional fee, they can mail them to Audivi to be scanned and uploaded. All items will be returned to the family once they have been scanned and uploaded.

4. Website development

The stories, audiotape clips, transcripts, and documents are all arranged onto a professionally developed, personalized website. If there are multiple pages on an individual’s site, there will be a homepage that provides an overview of the site and orients visitors to the different time periods. Click through the site and hear a person’s stories told in their own voice and see the photos & other mementos from that time. One person – one site.

All websites are accessible through the Audivi homepage (above) and can be password-protected. Website hosting is provided through Audivi.​ Families may buy a thumb drive of the site.

How much does it cost?

Audivi sites can be as extensive or abbreviated as you like depending on the depth of the interview process, and the number of stories to be included on the final site. This can be determined ahead of time or after the interviews are completed. The basic pricing covers the interview process, complete transcription of the interviews, editing and arrangement of the conversation into stories & chapters, editing and splicing of the audiotape to reflect the story & chapter development, integration of memorabilia into the stories & chapters, professional design of final Audivi site, and on-going maintenance and hosting of the site. 

Audivi sites can have 1 page or 3+ pages, with each page including approximately 15 stories & 10 images. A single-page Audivi site costs $1,000. A multi-page site starts at $2,250 for 3 pages plus a homepage, with each additional page costing $500. A brief family tree to reflect the people referenced in the stories can also be included for $150.