Version 1 of our Visualizing Oral Histories project found us with a really nice interface for scholars with an interest in the oral history of decolonization of West Bengal and Bangladesh. The interface and the back-end provide a platform that we hope can be used by other collections of data of this kind.
Another result of Version 1 was a huge amount of data processing that is now readily available for other interfaces and tools to build upon. Each oral history is now transcribed into text, the text synchronized with the original audio file, entities of interest (e.g. people, places, and concepts) have been tagged and metadata attached to them.
Here is one idea I’m trying to find traction for. Click on the image below to see it in full view. Any refinements, ideas for moving it forward, comments on usefulness are more than welcome.
By the way, I sketched the idea using a fantastic tool called Cacoo. Definitely check that out.