Social isolation is a serious problem among older people in Europe, many older people feel lonely and have no possibility to talk about their lives. Storytelling can help people to make sense of their lives, connect them with their social environment and contribute to successful ageing. By sharing their stories, older people will feel connected and heard, which can reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation. They will be able to contribute to society and their cultural heritage through their own stories. Moreover, the stories benefit others consuming them, e.g. relatives that get to know better their beloved ones and their own heritage, pupils in history lessons, individual tourists strolling through an old town, museum visitors, or professional caregivers able to improve care through knowing the past of their clients. User experience research offers first insights regarding digital story sharing for older adults. This includes social connectedness and reciprocity, which is an innovative aspect of HiStory.


The HiStory project uses the concept of storytelling as a means to foster the social inclusion, cognitive activity, well-being of older people. The project aims at creating a solution that lets people tell, share and consume stories and connect them through a shared experience. The stories can further be used to create innovative services in the areas of tourism, education, and culture. Thereby, HiStory contributes to collective and active (oral) history making and, on an individual level, promotes successful ageing.

Expected results and impact

HiStory aims to build up a database with stories from older persons as well as a community that accesses these stories. Access is free for everybody. For organizations that want to use the content a license or membership model is planned. The objective is to have the commitment of 3 potential customers to pay for the solution within project duration. Telling and sharing their stories can enhance the quality of life of older persons, help build social connections, enhance participation and strengthen “ordinary voices”, and generate and preserve knowledge.


Partners involved in the project

Organization Type Country Website
NOUS Wissensmanagement GmbH SME Austria www.nousdigital.com
Lucerne University of applied Arts & Sciences-iHomeLab R&D Switzerland www.iHomeLab.ch
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology R&D Austria www.ait.ac.at
National Foundation for the Elderly End user The Netherlands www.ouderenfonds.nl
Studio Dankl SME Austria www.studiodankl.com
Vicino End user Switzerland www.vicino-luzern.ch
Ijsfontain SME The Netherlands www.ijsfontein.nl
City Council Zutphen End User The Netherlands www.zutphen.nl
  • Project name: HiStory – Sharing your stories of your heritage
  • Website: www.hi-story.eu
  • Coordinator: NOUS Wissensmanagement GmbH
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Starting date: 04/2019
  • Total budget: € 2.300.000
  • Public contribution: € 1.300.000



Dr. Gunther Reisinger

E.: g.reisinger@nousdigital.net

T.: +43 1 236 5891

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