Exploring Malaysian Community Participation in Oral History Using Mediated Recordkeeping: Culture-Evidence Model

Hanis Kamarudin



The rapid advancement of information communication technology in Malaysia has provided people with abundant information. However, there is still a lack of local historical content and collections available for research. Local history material and content concerning the community in Malaysia is still not being sufficiently captured. Apparently, cultural institutions’ roles not only serve as a place to store common materials; it should stand as places that provide answers to communities. Oral history is practiced in various local and international institutions and it is not a new initiative in either libraries, archives or museum. However, the realization of the significance of oral history as a technique and supplement to fill gaps of written community histories in Malaysia was not realized immediately. This has become a huge challenge to the students, academics and researchers seeking to locate local historic information in order to perform and expand their research context. By exploring Mediated Recordkeeping: Culture-evidence model and the theory it represents, there are possibilities for modelling oral history connections between cultural institutions and communities and improving chances for active public participation and developments in oral history collection development.

Keyword: oral history, community, cultural institutions, Mediated Recordkeeping: Culture-evidence model



Hanis Diyana Kamarudin teaches oral history as part of Records Management Programme at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. She served as Deputy Secretary of the Malaysian Oral History Association from 2013 until 2015. She is delighted to be part of Malaysian Oral History Association which brings academic researchers and industry partners together to records, share and archive oral history. She is currently a doctoral student in Information Technology at the Monash University, Australia.