Papers and Publications

Publicity / Publications

Erin Jessee, Stacey Zembrzycki & Steven High have published an article in FQS (Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research) about Stories Matters.  In it they discuss Stories Matter’s potential in enabling oral historians to continue to interact with their interviews in an efficient manner without compromising the greater life history context of their interviewees. This article addresses some of the conceptual challenges that arose when developing this software.  Read it here, Stories Matter: Conceptual Challenges in the Development of Oral History Database Building Software.

Steve High and David Sworn published an article in Digital Studies, a refereed academic journal by the Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs (SDH/SEMI), entitled After the Interview: The Interpretive Challenges of Oral History Video Indexing.

High, S., & Sworn, D. (2009). After the Interview: The Interpretive Challenges of Oral History Video Indexing. Digital Studies / Le champ numérique, 1(2).  Retrieved from

An announcement was made about Stories Matter Software in the November 2008 newsletter of  the Oral History Section of the Society of American Archivists.  See reference and link below.

O’Hare, K., & Zembrzycki, S. (2008). Stories Matter Software. Dialogue: The Newsletter of the Oral History Section, Society of American Archivists, 4(4). Retrieved from

InterClipper Report

David Sworn, an affiliated student at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling since its inception, led the Sturgeon Falls Database project. His report reviews the pros and cons of using InterClipper and its applicability to oral history projects.

Excerpt…. This report lays out the methods by which the database, in its current incarnation, has been developed and it outlines the logic behind these. Equal attention, however, is devoted to how these methods may be improved in the future – my suggestions for “best practices,” to employ an unfortunate but highly appropriate management buzzword. To put this in concrete terms, the development of the database can be divided into two broad stages: the clipping stage, in which the interviews were “divided” into short segments, and the indexing stage, in which these were thematically categorized. The clipping techniques have been systematized and, with some qualification, could be called efficient and effective, while the indexing methods have largely been haphazard and were frequently ill-conceived…

InterClipper Report by David Sworn

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