StoryFile is an interactive storytelling platform that allows you to interact with someone as they tell their story. A comprehensive oral history could be as many as 1000 questions and 20 hours of content, and StoryFile’s combination of a conversational interface with natural language processing to categorize the content provides new interactive ways of accessing these oral histores
I talked with the StoryFile founder Stephen Smith about his Ph.D. on how how video has changed Holocaust testimony, the evolution of this tech platform, his involvement with capturing volumetric testimony of Holocaust survivors in The Last Goodbye, and how oral history helps to ground the broader historical context through the lens of an individual’s character, stories, and experiences.
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