Database Building Team

2009 – 2010: The Database Building Team is comprised of Allison Eades, Claudia Gama and Erin Jessee. Our purpose is to test the Stories Matter software being created by the Development Team by creating two separate databases: one in the Firefox plug-in VERTOV ( that contains a selection of cross-cultural interviews and will be later replicated in Stories Matter for comparative purposes; and a second stand-alone database that includes all interviews conducted by the Life Stories in Education Working Group. The resulting databases will contain interviews conducted by members of Concordia University’s CURA Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide and Other Human Rights Violations ( Once the database building phase is complete, the team will also be responsible for formulating a series of cursory indexing guidelines for the Stories Matter database, as well as developing a Database Building Manual.

July 2011-March 2012:  This phase of databasing, undertaken by Sharon Gubbay Helfer and Kimberley Moore, was directed at building a database form the Montreal Life Stories Project interviews. Using the Montreal Life stories Chronology Model and Database Building Protocol Sharon and Kimberley added approximately 110 interviews (over 310 interview hours) into a databse using Stories Matter.

Summary Report on the Montreal Life Stories Database Project by Kimberley Moore

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