Oral history

Oral History: Ownership

The person who is been interviewed who owns the recording. The interviewer is not the primary owner, but a secondary owner. Same with the photographer or an organisation. The person being interviewed can at any time request that the interview being deleted, or that parts of it be deleted at a later date. The interview object(s) can withdraw their contribution at any time. However, the “right to withdraw a contribution” stop with the interview object. So, for instance, any grandchildren or descendants can not request to delete their grandmother’s recording. The organisation owns the recording after the interviewee passes away and with it the administrative responsibility for the interview. All these kinds of specifications should be signed by the interview object in their consent form.

Another aspect to consider is whether the collection is to document the history or only for use as research material.

If the documenting is for research purposes, some more factors need to be taken into consideration. And it needs to be done more detailed privacy work. For more information on documenting for research purposes:

https://www.etikkom.no/hvem-er-vi-og-hva-gjor-vi/Hvem- is-we / The-national-research-ethics-committee-for-social-sciences-and-humanities /

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