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Uses of video in Digital Humanities


Video and sound are extensively used in the Digital Humanities. Some use are the capturing of data using video or sound recording, sound analysis, interviewing, transcription, collections publications or visualization. The next is a presentation of some of these uses.

Digital Oral History

Using video in the collection of Oral History brings the opportunity of collect valuable information about the story tellers and characters of the history, beyond the story it self that can be told in written form. To listen to the characters voice brings the original language, the accent, the feminine or masculine characters and the video brings the facial and body gestures. The possibility of on-line production open the possibility that people tell their own stories, communities tell their own oral histories, so it support the participatory and collaborative research.

The next are resources about Oral History in the Digital Age and projects created by scholar researchers and for communities by themselves.

Telling Their Stories

High school students at the Urban School of San Francisco conduct and film interviews with Bay Area Holocaust survivors in their homes. This is an ongoing, ever-changing, and constantly evolving project involving dozens of students, teachers, and community volunteers. The majority of efforts thus far have been applied to the actual interview process as well as posting interviews on this website.

Oral History in the Digital Age

OHDA ( connects you to the latest information on digital technologies pertaining to all phases of the oral history process. Browse the current essays about collecting, curating and disseminating oral history in the digital age. For more information on the development and organization of the project, please visit the OHDA Project Site.


StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on StoryCorps’ Listen Page. Learn more about StoryCorps here.

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Video for Ethnography

Ethnographic video for instruction and analysis

Archive of ethnographic field video for use by scholars and instructors. The EVIA Digital Archive Project is a collaborative effort to establish a repository of ethnographic video recordings and an infrastructure of tools and systems supporting scholars in the ethnographic disciplines. Indiana University.

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Ethnographic research is not consumer research

Video in multimodal research

Video has become a primary data collection tool for those researching multimodal environments.

Research in Video collections and visualization

Software Studies have developed a number software tools for working with big image and video collections, including preparing image data, automatically analyzing it, and using visualization for the exploration of the collections. All tools are free and provided as open source.

Video for outreach

The next research centers use video to reach the main audiences. Each of them use a different narrative strategy.

National Museum of American History

Interviewing experts by conducted interview style.

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Voice over narration. The voice of the experts interviewed is used to tell the story. Note also the use of field research photo archives in the narration.




For a growing list of digital humanities resources, including introductions, blogs, tools and tutorials, grant opportunities, teaching resources, and other digital humanities links, see our LibGuide for Digital Humanities Tools and Resources.

Videos of many of our seminar and conference speakers can be viewed on the IDRH YouTube Channel.

Matthew Menzenski - Introduction to Text Analysis with the Natural Language Toolkit 

Manipulating your videos for research and Teaching, PDF guide. Jump Start Workshops 2014.

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