How can everyday stories come together to describe historical events? How can we ensure that valuable content generated by individuals online will be kept for future generations? These are the two main questions {Hi}Stories attempted to answer. The aim is to support the creation and access of a comprehensive archive of historical resources from content generated by individuals online.

On this project, I worked with historians from the Free University Berlin to define an architecture that would allow the aggregation of significant historical content without a team of experts. Users can gather content from the internet with the help of a clipping system, or create their own stories directly on {Hi}Stories. The system also makes use of metadata to filter and visualise content.

The following diagram illustrates the architecture of the system.


And here is how it works

{Hi}Stories was the final project of my studies at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. It was also presented at the Student Research Competition of CHI’08.