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Innovative Online Oral History Sites

The following is a list of sites that are innovative in their use of digital technologies or design. Not all of the sites listed are Oral History sites but some are here to demonstrate different uses of video. If you have any additions or corrections, please make them or send to matrix@msu.edu.


  • Kentucky Digital Library: Powered by OHMS

http://kdl.kyvl.org
The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries takes an innovative approach to displaying and searching oral history media. Using an application they developed entitlted, OHMS (Oral History Metatadata Synchronizer) Synchronizer)to inexpensively and efficiently enhance access to and discovery of oral history online. The OHMS system provides users word-level search capability and a time-correlated transcript or index connecting the textual search term to the corresponding moment in the recorded interview online.

  • Telling Their Stories: Oral History Archives Project

http://www.tellingstories.org/
This site not only demonstrates and innovative student driven oral history projects, but the video is nicely embedded next to its contextual information. The design makes it easy to move through the parts of the interviews and avoids pop-up windows.

  • USC Shoah Foundation Institute: iWitness

http://iwitness.usc.edu/SFI/
iWitness is an online application that gives educators and students access to search, watch, and learn from more than 1,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. The videos are contextualized exceptionally well. While clips will pop-up with some associated metadata, the full video remain embedded in the page and are indexed by topic and people, also associated photos and documents. The search is highly flexible, returns not only objects but associated materials, and it turns search delays into teachable moments.

  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History

http://www.ushmm.org/research/collections/oralhistory/

  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Life After the Holocaust

http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/life_after_holocaust/

  • Oral History of the U.S. House of Representatives

http://oralhistory.clerk.house.gov/

  • Heritage Plus

http://www.heritageplus.org.uk/category_id__259.asp

  • Miami Stories Oral History Project

http://digital.lib.muohio.edu/cdm4/mustories/

  • Back from Iraq: the veterans' stories project

http://wpsu.org/backfromiraq/index

  • My Yorkshire

http://www.myyorkshire.org

  • Oral History at Concordia University

http://storytelling.concordia.ca/oralhistory/projects

  • Project Jukebox (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

http://jukebox.uaf.edu/pjweb

  • Audio Video Barn: Illinois State Museum

http://avbarn.museum.state.il.us/

  • From Combat to Kentucky Oral History Project

http://www.nunncenter.org/c2ky/

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries 
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery Oral History Project

http://www.nunncenter.org/buffalotrace/

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

  • Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project

http://www.densho.org/archive/default.asp


  • Oral Histories of the American South

http://docsouth.unc.edu/sohp/browse/topics.html?cat=20

Southern Oral History Program, University of North Carolina

  • Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project

http://www.loc.gov/vets//stories/

While a bit clunky in its execution and design, the inclusion shorter clips makes it more useful for educators.  The site also links similar topics.