Written by: Dean Rehberger
Primary Source: HistoryHacks
All fields in the humanities have been transformed by digital technology, but none more so than oral history. The new book, Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access, and Engagement, published by Palgrave Macmillan, explores the impact that new technologies have had on the field. Edited by Doug Boyd and Mary Larson, the essays in the book chronicle a number of key oral history projects, the lessons learned, as well as look to the future of the field.
“Over the last two decades, much has changed in the world of oral history, as technology has opened up a wide range of possibilities for presentation and preservation of material. The doors of the archives have been blown from their hinges – and “access” has come to have a completely different meaning. This results in expectations for access and engagement that are vastly different than they were a mere twenty years ago. …” (read more)
Doug Boyd is a long time partner with Matrix. He served as project manager for the highly successful Matrix project, Oral History in the Digital Age, and has developed an amazing application for indexing audio and video, OHMS. Mary Larson has be a long time associate and editor at H-Net. I was asked to do the final essay in the collection, “[o]ral [h]istory and the [d]igital [h]umanities, that looks at the relationship between oral history and DH.
The table of contents has several contributors to Oral History in the Digital Age and is an rich representation of the field: