The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling serves as a point of convergence for collaborative digital historical research, teaching, and publishing among faculty and students at Concordia, as well as members of local, national and international communities. Over the past few years, we have been experimenting with different alternatives to transcription: a process that has emerged from the realization that transcription is far from an ideal way to preserve and interact with oral history interviews. For this reason, we formulated a plan for create an alternative to transcription: to build free, open source software that will enable historians to manage, analyze, and disseminate their oral history collections. This software is called Stories Matter.
The Stories Matter project is housed at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Phase I has been funded by Dr. Steven High’s Canadian Foundation for Innovation grant. This funding has been continued for Phase II.
In Phase I, the core team was comprised of Canada’s Research Chair in Oral History, Steve High, three embedded oral historians, Stacey Zembrzycki, Kristen (Krissy) O’Hare, and Erin Jessee, and a software engineer, Jacques Langlois.
In Phase II, the core team has changed. Familiar faces include Canada’s Research Chair in Oral History, Steve High, an embedded oral historian, Erin Jessee, and a software engineer, Jacques Langlois.