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By Paul Sawers If you have a penchant for perusing historical broadcasts, then you might just like PopUp Archive. Launched last week in cahoots with the Public Radio Exchange, PopUp Archive serves up thousands of hours of lost radio broadcasts, including interviews with some well-known names – check out Buster Keaton explaining silent film captioning to Studs Terkel. PopUp Archive’s technology ‘listens’ to the audio, tags and timestamps it, thus making it searchable by keywords. So if an old interview is uploaded without any accompanying notes, this makes it possible for you to carry out broad searches on its database for mentions of names and events within the broadcast.
Karen du Toit's insight:
An archive of historical broadcasts!
By Futurist Thomas Frey:
"Libraries are not about books. In fact, they were never about books.
"Here is a list of 17 primary categories of information that people turn to on a daily basis. While they are not direct replacements for physical books, they all have a way of eroding our reliance on them. There may be more that I’ve missed, but as you think through the following media channels, you’ll begin to understand how libraries of the future will need to function:
Via Dennis T OConnor
The BBC will soon introduce a new radio website, preliminarily named "Audiopedia", that would contain the broadcaster's almost entire archives of radio programmes since the 1940s.
February 13 is the day proclaimed by UNESCO and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate Radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves. UNESCO encourages all countries
Karen du Toit's insight:
The day promotes access to information and freedom of expression, which librarians and archivists strive to do as well!
Photo by Peter Jaquire.
The Springbok Radio Preservation Society handed back their collection of archive material of Springbok Radio which was on the airwaves from 1950 - 1985 in South Africa.
During those days there was no archive, and the material would have been lost, if it had not been for efforts by people to preserve and collect that material.
Frans Erasmus has been instrumental in the Springbok Radio Preservation Society, and streamed a weekly update of material on the Internet.
The material is back in the SABC Radio Archives at the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
About Frans Erasmus: http://sabcmedialib.blogspot.com/2012/05/hand-over-of-springbok-radio-archive.html
Picasa Slideshow of the handover function: http://sabcmedialib.blogspot.com/2012/05/picasa-slideshow-of-springbok-radio.html
Springbok Radio website: http://www.sabc.co.za/springbokRadio/index.html
SABC Radio archives reflects on the 1st World Radio Day today, endorsed by UNESCO.
The SABC Radio Archives preserves material for the following reasons:
"- To preserve SABC broadcasts and raw material as a corporate function;