How does a field that once considered cassette tapes and transcripts "high tech" transition into the 21st century? The collection and preservation of oral history is changing, and it is the goal of a team from Michigan State University (MSU) to define how oral history can not only survive in today’s digital, networked, and multimedia-rich world, but thrive.
The idea for the "Oral History in the Digital Age" project was born out of MATRIX, a humanities computing center at MSU devoted to the application of new technologies for teaching, research, and outreach. The concept was a natural outgrowth of the center’s activities, which include maintaining online resources and creating forums for knowledge exchange. According to MATRIX Director Dean Rehberger, "We’ve had a longstanding interest in oral history and the spoken word."