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Oral history technology

The main purpose of this website is to provide an overview of the technology that can be used to process Oral History sources and interview data in general: from an analogue tape and perhaps a handwritten summary to a digital recording including digital transcripts, speaker attribution/recognition (who speaks when), emotion markers, speech rate and much more.

Civil Rights History Project

On 12 May 2009, the US Congress authorised a national initiative by passing the Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-19). The act directed the Library of Congress (LOC) and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to conduct a national survey of existing oral history collections relevant to the civil rights movement, freedom and equality for African Americans, and to record and make widely accessible new interviews with people who participated in the struggle. The project started with the survey in 2010 and the interviews began in 2011. rights history project

Oral History Association

Since 1966, the Oral History Association has been the leading membership organisation for people committed to the value of oral history. The OHA works with policymakers, educators and others to promote best practices and foster support for oral history and oral historians. With an international membership, the OHA serves a broad and diverse audience, including teachers, students, community historians, archivists, librarians and filmmakers.

Oral history centre

The OHC provides training in oral history and related technologies through in-class support and workshops. The OHC provides consultation, training and support for oral history research projects for the University of Winnipeg and for its members.

International Oral History Association (IOHA)

IOHA is a professional association of oral history practitioners and aims to:


  • To provide a forum for oral historians around the world, and a means of cooperation between those engaged in the documentation of human experience
  • To stimulate and publish the results of research into oral history techniques
  • Promoting the development of standards and principles for individuals, institutions and agencies (both public and private) with responsibilities for the collection and preservation of historical information gathered through the techniques of oral history, in all its forms
  • Encourage and organise international conferences and meetings
  • Promote a better understanding of the nature and value of oral history
  • Participating in international projects, or setting up such projects, and cooperating with those who organise such projects
  • Support and develop national oral history organisations


The IOHA was formally established in June 1996 at the IXth International Conference on Oral History in Gothenburg, Sweden.


About the IOHA Conferentie

The IOHA Conference is the biennial conference of the IOHA. It is the premier conference for oral history practitioners and enthusiasts worldwide.


Telling example of bringing different collections together

“Connected Histories of the BBC” project, an interdisciplinary project aiming to bring into the public realm some of the hidden treasures of the BBC’s own Oral History Archive through the creation of an openly accessible, fully searchable and interconnected digital catalogue of this archive. This project stands as an interesting case study on the tensions between “computational” and “archival”, by critically designing and employing computational approaches for an historical, complex Oral History collection of scattered analogue records of various forms with an archival pre-history. From data acquisition, modeling, structuring and enhancement, metadata, data analysis procedures, to web design and legal issues, this paper discusses the various computational challenges, processes and decisions made during this project, while showcasing the principles of (re)usability, accessibility, and collaboration throughout its course.

Telling example of an international oral history project


Voices of ‘68 tells the story of the Northern Ireland civil rights movement based on oral history testimonies that explore the contested nature of memories of this vital period. The exhibition highlights how we can critically and constructively confront potentially divisive moments in Northern Ireland’s contested past.

The exhibition is one part of a collaborative project between National Museums NI and Dr Chris Reynolds from Nottingham Trent University. The project has involved producing filmed testimonies capturing the personal accounts of events which occurred in 1968. 

Other elements of the project include a touring exhibition, educational resources and a series of extended videos to allow visitors to further explore this seminal moment in Northern Ireland’s recent history.


1968: a pivotal year, and not just for Northern Ireland. This exhibition encourages a fresh look at this crucial period in Northern Ireland’s history. It is told in the words of some of those most directly involved at the time.

Telling example of an international oral history project


The ACT UP Oral History Project is a collection of interviews with surviving members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, New York.

The goal of this project is to present comprehensive, complex, human, collective and individual photographs of the people who made up ACT UP/New York. These men and women of all races and classes have transformed entrenched cultural ideas about homosexuality, sexuality, disease, healthcare, civil rights, art, media, and patient rights. They have brought about concrete changes in medical and scientific research, insurance, legislation, health care, graphic design, and introduced new and effective methods of political organisation.


These interviews reveal what drove them to action and how they organised complex efforts. We hope this information will de-mystify the process of social change, remind us that change is possible, and help us understand how to do it. (ACT UP continues to fight to end the AIDS epidemic.