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date: 22 May 2019

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Oral history interviewing is a viable qualitative research orientation for many qualitative researchers in various disciplines. Oral history is the collection of stories, statements, and reminiscences of a person or persons who have firsthand knowledge of any number of experiences. It offers qualitative researchers a way to capture the lived experiences of participants. The techniques of oral history are those of the qualitative researcher, including interviews, document analysis, photographs, and video. The current digital era offers many opportunities to address issues and possibilities for the oral historian as qualitative researcher. Three major issues that emerge are those of social justice, arts-based approaches to oral history, and transdisciplinarity. Possibilities are endless in terms of using digital techniques for data presentation, data analysis, and dissemination. The power of oral history is the power of storytelling. By using current technology and working in a transdisciplinary context, oral history may now be more readily accessible and available to a wider population thus moving toward social justice.

Keywords: 0ral history, interviewing, digital techniques, archival data, photography, transdisciplinarity, social justice

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