Talking with Scholars: Developing a Research Environment for Oral History Collections

  • Max KemmanEmail author
  • Stef Scagliola
  • Franciska de Jong
  • Roeland Ordelman
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 416)


Scholars are yet to make optimal use of Oral History collections. For the uptake of digital research tools in the daily working practice of researchers, practices and conventions commonly adhered to in the subfields of the humanities should be taken into account during development, in order to facilitate the uptake of digital research tools in the daily working practice of researchers. To this end, in the Oral History Today project a research tool for exploring Oral History collections is developed in close collaboration with scholarly researchers. This paper describes four stages of scholarly research and the first steps undertaken to incorporate requirements of these stages in a digital research environment.


Oral History Scholarly research User-centered design Exploration Result presentation Data curation Word cloud Visual facets 



The work reported in this paper was funded by the EU Project AXES - Access to Audiovisual Archives (FP7-269980) and the Dutch national program CLARIAH ( We thank Dispectu ( and Spinque ( for their collaboration in the research project Oral History Today.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Max Kemman
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stef Scagliola
    • 1
  • Franciska de Jong
    • 1
    • 2
  • Roeland Ordelman
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Netherlands Institute for Sound and VisionHilversumThe Netherlands

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