Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Books with Voices: Paper Transcripts as a Tangible Interface to Oral Histories

Scott R. Klemmer, Jamey Graham, Gregory J. Wolff and James A. Landay

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/CSD-02-1199
2002

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2002/CSD-02-1199.pdf

Our contextual inquiry into the practices of oral historians unearthed a curious incongruity. While oral historians consider interview recordings a central historical artifact, these recordings sit unused after a written transcript is produced. We hypothesized that this is largely because books are more usable than recordings. Therefore, we created Books with Voices: bar-code augmented paper transcripts enabling fast, random access to digital video interviews on a PDA. We present quantitative results of an evaluation of this tangible interface with 13 participants. They found this lightweight, structured access to original recordings to offer substantial benefits with minimal overhead. Oral historians found a level of emotion in the video not available in the printed transcript. The video also helped readers clarify the text and observe nonverbal cues.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Klemmer:CSD-02-1199,
    Author = {Klemmer, Scott R. and Graham, Jamey and Wolff, Gregory J. and Landay, James A.},
    Title = {Books with Voices: Paper Transcripts as a Tangible Interface to Oral Histories},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2002},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2002/6186.html},
    Number = {UCB/CSD-02-1199},
    Abstract = {Our contextual inquiry into the practices of oral historians unearthed a curious incongruity. While oral historians consider interview recordings a central historical artifact, these recordings sit unused after a written transcript is produced. We hypothesized that this is largely because books are more usable than recordings. Therefore, we created Books with Voices: bar-code augmented paper transcripts enabling fast, random access to digital video interviews on a PDA. We present quantitative results of an evaluation of this tangible interface with 13 participants. They found this lightweight, structured access to original recordings to offer substantial benefits with minimal overhead. Oral historians found a level of emotion in the video not available in the printed transcript. The video also helped readers clarify the text and observe nonverbal cues.}
}

EndNote citation:

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%A Klemmer, Scott R.
%A Graham, Jamey
%A Wolff, Gregory J.
%A Landay, James A.
%T Books with Voices: Paper Transcripts as a Tangible Interface to Oral Histories
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2002
%@ UCB/CSD-02-1199
%U http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2002/6186.html
%F Klemmer:CSD-02-1199