Digital aural history: An Australian case study

Alistair Thomson

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Digital technologies and tools are transforming the presentation, interpretation, and use of oral history. Using a case study of the Australian Generations Oral History Project, this article focuses on how we have documented interviews and are presenting and interpreting them through writing in online formats that integrate aural material. I consider the interpretative opportunities and challenges posed in four elements of our digital oral history practice: the online discussion forum though which interviewers share their account of each interview; the searchable timed summaries that are linked to the audio recording for each interview; the ZOTERO database that we use to access, search, and share the material generated by the project; and an aural history book that will combine text and audio.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-314
Number of pages23
JournalOral History Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • aurality
  • digital indexing
  • e-books
  • ethics
  • history databases

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