Overview of Filters
The Story Database enables you to use a set of filters to explore posts that summarize and link out to notable collections of nonprofit or cause-initiative digital personal experience narratives. These filters allow you to both see a range of possibilities and to narrow your browsing to the sorts of stories you’re most interested in.
Most, but not all of the filters are self-explanatory. Here’s a list of all the filters, with definitions provided for those likely to be unclear.
Definitions of Filter Terms
What are the key topic(s) in the personal experience narratives? For nonprofit stories, the category selected typically aligns with the nonprofit’s mission. Some collections are labeled with multiple “about” terms.
arts / education / gender / global development / health or illness / human rights or violence / human services / nature or environment / place / refugees or immigration / religion / sexuality / youth
What is the role or organizational relationship of the those featured in the narratives?
Community Members: People that are not directly linked to a cause or organization sponsoring the story project: they are a sort of ‘man-on-the-street,’ connected to the cause or organization by virtue of their geographic location.
Issue Stakeholders: People who are typically not directly affiliated with the organization(s) sponsoring the story project, but who have a direct interest in the issue addressed by the project or organization.
Service Recipients: People who receive services from the organization sponsoring the story project.
Staff Members: People who work for the organization sponsoring or participating in the story project.
Students: The preferred term for students at schools and educational nonprofits (not “service recipients.”).
Volunteers: People who donate their time and talents to an organization.
In this form
In what modality are the collection’s stories?
audio recordings / audio/photo slideshows / text only / text with photo(s) / videos
With these tags
Which of the following features does the collection of narratives have?
Curator’s Choice: Very nicely made/innovative story collection.
Digital Storytelling: Collections of digital stories are primarily composed of stories in a genre popularized by StoryCenter. Digital stories have a scripted voiceover, typically read by the storyteller, and feature traditional, crafted story elements such as scenes, suspense, and a ‘moral’ or ‘lesson’ at the end. Digital stories typically rely on still photos, with little or no video, in their image track. The “In this form” filter for digital stories is “audio/photo slideshows.”
First Person: Stories are told in first-person point-of-view (e.g., “Me” and “I” are used).
Geomapped stories: Stories are linked to a map.
Interactive Documentary: Personal stories are part of an interactive documentary. These are typically not produced by nonprofit organizations, but they can be good for inspiration. The MIT Docubase is a good place to browse and learn about interactive documentaries.
Interesting Interface: The interface that aggregates the stories is notably interesting/innovative.
Large Collection: > 20 stories
Online Community: Story collections with an online community allow visitors to the collection to create a login account, comment on stories, and/or take other actions typical of online communities.
Profiles: Stories that are told in third-person point-of-view.
Small Collection: <5 stories
User-Submitted Stories: Collections with user submission have mechanisms—typically online forms—that allow users to submit their own stories.