Stories matter: conceptual challenges in the development of oral history database building software

Erin Jessee, Stacey Zembrzycki, Steven High

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Stories Matter is new oral history database building software designed by an interdisciplinary team of oral historians and a software engineer affiliated with the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It encourages a shift away from transcription, 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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalForum : Qualitative Social Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • oral history
  • digital storytelling
  • software development
  • stories matter
  • narrative
  • video-indexing
  • database building software
  • computing
  • orality

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