This paper will present ways in which digital storytelling can offer new opportunities to those involved in cultural heritage. Digital storytelling, an emerging form of digital film-making, has a strong philosophical content in the form of its process. Unlike most traditional film formats it does not require a crew or major financial outlay; instead it relies on a strong, well told, story at its heart, the narrative driven by still images, often family photographs, or artifacts, which can then be manipulated by commonplace graphics software.
It is above all a form of online community – see www.dstory.com/dsfsedona_04/ – which prides itself on access, education, and using technology to give more people the opportunity to tell “their” story.
The process is simple and quick. The stories are short, and their brevity adds to their impact. I suggest this form of sharing a past offers great potential for the tourism and heritage industry. See also bbc.co.uk/digitalstorytelling .