Manual Oral History Annotation Tool

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This page gives you instructions about how to use the Oral History Annotation Tool.

Each interview is devided into fragments. A fragment usually contains one spoken phrase. The Annotation Tool offers you the possiblity to search fragments for keywords, as with interview and time codes.

Select fragments

Search by word(s)

This search functionality can be accessed by the Search by word(s) tab. A quick search can be made by filling in the keywords in the input field and pressing the search button. If you want a more detailed search you can click the Advanced search button.

When you have confirmed the search request, a window will appear allowing you to select a fragment.

More information can be accessed by clicking the About search functions link.

The window that allows you to select fragments (left of the screen) can be hidden or displayed by pressing respectively Hide filter options or Show filter options.

Search by interview code

Through the tab Search by interview code you can select interviews by code. First you select an interview by indicating the code of the desired interview. Then you can press the OK button to confirm your choice. A filter menu will show up that allows you to select one or more fragments by indicating the start and end time.

To see your selection, press Show selection on the bottom of the screen.

View fragments

In the screen “Selected fragments” you can find the necessary information about the fragment. On top of the window, in the blue field, are the begin and end time and the corresponding interview code about the selected fragments. Below you can find the following information by clicking on the gray bars:

Add Transcriptions or annotations

With the tool you can also append transcriptions and annotations to a selected fragment. Examples below show the case for adding annotations. When you, while viewing the fragment, press the Added annotations or Added transcriptions bar the following window will appear:

Screenshot - Added annotations (1)

In the textarea you can enter an annotation (or transcription). You can choose whether or not you want to make it publicly available by checking or unchecking the 'Make publicly available' box. Only public annotations/transcriptions will be visible to others. By clicking 'Add annotation/transcription' this will be saved. Your entry will now appear above the input window, as is shown in this example:

Screenshot - Added annotations (2)

A lock () indicates that an annotation / transcription is not publicly available. With the buttons 'Edit' and 'Remove' you can respectively edit or remove your contribution. Also you can attach one or more files (for example documents or pictures) to an annotation. You can only change your own contributions.

Adjust time interval

When you want to adjust a time interval because you want to listen to a longer interval, you can use the following window in the left corner on the bottom of the screen:

Here you can adjust both the start and the end time by using the '+' or the '-' button. In order to confirm your change, press Change interval.

Other tabs

The other tabs are My annotations, My transcriptions, All annotations, All transcriptions and Export.

My Annotations shows an overview of the fragments which you have added an annotation.

My Transcriptions shows an overview of the fragments you have transcribed.

All Annotations shows all fragments with an annotation added by you or others.

All Transcriptions shows all the fragments that you or others have added a transcription.

Export allows you to export all public annotations and transcriptions to an xml file.