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In this tutorial you can learn how to organise files as projects on Larm.fm. Using projects is a way to organise what you find on the larm.fm archive. A project is a type of folder with subfolders, related to your user profile.

Each time you log in to Larm.fm you will see your own projects on the lower left-hand-side of the screen. To make space to work with projects, I can fold away the channel search filters. I do that by clicking the small triangle once. The project panel and other panels can be folded away in a similar manner.

I am planning a project about the occupation of Denmark during WW2. Larm.fm contains quite a bit radio from the occupation period of Danish history: both from national Danish Radio, DR, and from the British Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC. Apart from these, there are also manuscripts and summaries of radio news from the occupation period, and several historic documentaries about the period.

To create a project, click the ‘plus’ symbol at the top of the Projects panel… and write the name for the project in the text field. I will call this project “besættelsestiden” or in English: “The occupation time”.

Now the project is established.

I can click the wheel to open to the edit menu. Here I can add other members to the project. I can only add other people already registered as larm.fm users. I can search for my two colleagues, with whom I want to share the project, and add them. If later on I want to take them away from the project again, I can do so by clicking the ‘minus’ symbol.Here I can also take myself away from the project, and hand it over to a group of students for example, by clicking the red bottom “forlad project” or “leave project”. But I do not need to do that now.

The next time my two colleagues log in to larm.fm, the project “The occupation period” will appear in their project menus. I can also change the name of the project, or delete it. Please note that if I delete the project, neither my colleagues nor I will be able to find it again.

Before I can add files to the project, I need to create subfolders. This is done by clicking the plus symbol and naming the subfolder. To start with, I can create subfolders for “the occupation day” and “the liberation day”.

Now, files can be added to the folder.

To find out which sources are available from 9. April 1940, the day of occupation, I can use the “set time” function to zoom in. I choose the 1940s… then 1940… then April… and finally 9’th of April… There are 13 results: program sheets, news manuscripts and radio programs from Danish, Norwegian and British radio.

I want to save the program sheet with handwritten corrections in it and the “Opråb” or “public notice” to my folder, so I grab the file by highlighting it and pressing the right mouse button, while dragging the file to the folder and drop it in while it is yellow. To confirm that something has been added to the folder, the text turns red for a moment.

Now, I can access the folder and see the two files I put in it. I have not taken them away or, in any way, made it more difficult for other users to find them. All I have done is create a shortcut that makes it easier for my colleagues and me to find the relevant files.

If I wish to take the files out of the folder, I can click the red cross. Again, The files do not disappear from larm.fm, but only from this folder.

Now I can make a similar search for the day of liberation, the 4th May 1945.

It is important first to take away the highlighting of the folder, so I can search the full LARM-archive and not just my own folder.

I can restrict my search to 1940s… 1945… May… the 4th of May… and this returns 18 results.

Here, I am particularly interested in the radio program “Aktuel Ugerevu”, a nazi-friendly radio program, broadcast by the Danish Broadcasting Company on the morning of the day of liberation, and the BBC broadcast with the famous freedom message, declaring Denmark’s liberation.

I can drag the two files and drop them into the folder. It’s a good idea to drag the file over the list of results, and not over your other projects, because you risk the other projects unfolding and taking up space on the screen.

These files are now easily accessible for me and my colleagues on this project.

This was an introduction to projects on larm.fm. If you would like to know more about searching and adding metadata to Larm.fm, please see our other tutorials.

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