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Re: OH Ethics -- Narrators Naming Third Parties

Hi Katy,

You can find a relevant discussion in Leslie McCartney's chapter on online accessibility issues and solutions (available in open access at https://hal-amu.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-02058169): "Two Oral History Projects, Two Countries, and the Encountered Issues and Subsequent Solutions to Online Recording Accessibility Issues" in Véronique Ginouvès; Isabelle Gras. La diffusion numérique des données en SHS - Guide de bonnes pratiques éthiques et juridiques, Presses universitaires de Provence, 2018.

Re: OH Ethics -- Narrators Naming Third Parties

Hi Katy,

Check out Kevin Bradley and Anisa Puri, "Creating an Oral History Archive: Digital Opportunities and Ethical Issues," Australian Historical Studies Volume 47, 2016 - Issue 1, pp 75-91. They write about a "traffic light" system we developed in the Australian Generations Project to deal, in large part, with the naming of third parties where that naming posed legal or ethical concerns.

Cheers,
Al Thomson
Monash University

OH Ethics -- Narrators Naming Third Parties

Colleagues,

I wonder if anyone can point me to good resources on the ethics of including third-party names or stories that include a named third party (from the narrator's perspective) in OH interviews. We are just starting our program and didn't think about this as a potential problem, especially when the reference is not flattering. Resource suggestions would be incredibly helpful.

Thank you!

Katy Lockard, CA
Director, Archives & Records
Catholic Diocese of Savannah