Encoding

Oral history archives contain a rich variety of data about individuals and their memories and experiences of the past. This wealth of interview data can be analyzed and visualized with the aid of a computer, but only if the data has been digitally encoded to allow the computer to recognize and read it. The DDHI is developing new methods and tools specifically designed for encoding oral history interview transcripts. These include an encoding schema (a set of guidelines to help users decide what to encode and how to encode it) and the Oral History (OH) Encoder (a software bundle that partially automates the encoding process).