Segmenting Oral History Transcripts

  • Ryan Shaw
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9316)


Dividing oral histories into topically coherent segments can make them more accessible online. People regularly make judgments about where coherent segments can be extracted from oral histories. But when different people are asked to extract coherent segments from the same oral histories, they often do not agree about where such segments begin and end.


Oral history Discourse segmentation Natural language processing Digital libraries 



This work was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Thanks to the Southern Oral History Program for making the interview transcripts available and Kathy Brennan and Sara Mannheimer for their annotation work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Information and Library ScienceUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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