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The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science) - The Atlantic

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The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science) The Atlantic ""All of the modern formats weren't really made to last a long period of time," saidFenella France, chief of preservation research and testing at the Library of Congress. "They were really more developed for mass production."

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"And the disappearance of CD players is just as significant as the failure of CDs. "Quite often, [preservation] is being cast as a separation of physical and digital, whereas in fact the whole concept is the same. Even digital is still played on a physical medium."

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The problem of obsolescence of formats - especially with regards audio/sound archives! 

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Wax cylinder recordings tell story of culture across the centuries - ABC Online

Wax cylinder recordings tell story of culture across the centuries - ABC Online | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Wax cylinder recordings tell story of culture across the centuries ABC Online A team of sound archivists worked to 'reverse engineer' the workings of the phonograph. "There's no electricity," said Mr McDonald. For the first time in 80 years, a commercial music recording has been made on an Edison phonograph - technology that was invented in the 1890s. Aboriginal singer-songwriting duo Stiff Gins were inspired to reprise the old technology when they heard a 100-year-old wax cylinder recording of a Tasmanian Aboriginal woman. "When we heard it, it was not just of another time and place, that's simplifying it," said Stiff Gins singer Nardi Simpson.
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Opening Up the Archives: Part 2- Keeping Ahead of Obsolescence / BBC - video

Opening Up the Archives: Part 2- Keeping Ahead of Obsolescence / BBC - video | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Ant Miller (BBC Research and Development Blog):

"In this second part of the Archive Research film we take a look at the key challenges addressed by the 'preservation' work of R&D and the BBC Information & Archives teams.  With interviews from Dr Richard Wright, Adrian Williams of I&A and others, Alex Mansfield gets to the bottom of the latest technologies being used to ensure that the critical challenge of obsolescence is handled, and handled effectively and efficiency.

With huge files, and critical quality checks essential to preserving the legacy of the archive, the best efforts of engineers and archivists are being applied to saving this content for the future."

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Preserving songs from fragile records for posterity with IRENE #archives #audio

Preserving songs from fragile records for posterity with IRENE #archives #audio | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

ASHA SRIDHAR:

"As an ageing record spins untouched by the spokes of a gramophone at the Roja Muthiah Research Library, M.K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar's timeless song Un Azhagai Kaana from the movie Thiruneelakantar is converted into 2-d black and white images by a device called IRENE, preserving it for posterity.

Other than the Library of Congress in the United States, Roja Muthiah Research Library is the only institution that has IRENE (Image Reconstruct Erase Noise Etc), an ingenious device that helps in archiving audio content of old records without scratching or even touching the record, says G. Sundar, director of the library.

IRENE, which reached the library two weeks ago, has just been set up, and will help the library archive audio content from records which are too fragile to be played with a conventional player or are deteriorating. “A high-end camera captures images of the grooves as the record is rotating. The software acts as a virtual needle by detecting the edges of the grooves. These images are then converted into sound files,” he says."

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BBC to open online radio archives

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BBC to open online radio archives...The service will be launched "within the next...As well as searching and listening to the archival...The BBC is currently in the process of digitising ...Davie said the website will be "porous" ...

 

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.

The service will be launched "within the next 12 months", Tim Davie, director of BBC Audio and Music, was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

 

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WIRED TO LIFE | Blog | Archivist in the sound library: New model for speech and sound recognition

WIRED TO LIFE | Blog | Archivist in the sound library: New model for speech and sound recognition | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Archivist in the sound library: New model for speech and sound recognition http://t.co/0dFCzhlb...
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NKU archivist receives state historical publication award : Northern Kentucky University - Archives for the Lay Person: a Guide to Managing Cultural Collections

NKU archivist receives state historical publication award : Northern Kentucky University - Archives for the Lay Person: a Guide to Managing Cultural Collections | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"NKU archivist Lois Hamill will receive a 2013 Kentucky History Award for her book, Archives for the Lay Person: a Guide to Managing Cultural Collections, during a ceremony on Friday in Frankfort.

The book offers a practical guide to the most common functions for managing historical content, including photographs, paper records, audio and video material and digital files.

"I am excited about receiving the Kentucky History Award for both the professional recognition it represents and the visibility I hope it brings to the book," Hamill said. "My goal now is to get the information in my book into the hands of the people who can benefit from it. I'm hoping more people will examine the book as a result of winning this award." 

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R. David Lankes Presents New Librarianship

R. David Lankes Presents New Librarianship | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
A series of presentations and lectures on participatory and new librarianship.

Via Buffy J. Hamilton, Dennis T OConnor
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RB 200: The Library Of The Future | Berkman Center - podcast

RB 200: The Library Of The Future | Berkman Center - podcast | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @trisaratop: Berkman Center for Internet & Society talks about the Future of Libraries (audio available): http://t.co/UrdYsybD...

 

"The technological advancements of the past twenty years have rendered the future of the library as a physical space, at least, as uncertain as it has ever been. The information that libraries were once built to house in the form of books and manuscripts can now be accessed in the purely digital realm, as evidenced by initiatives like the Digital Public Library of America, which convenes for the second time this Friday in San Francisco. But libraries still have profound cultural significance, indicating that even if they are no longer necessary for storing books they will continue to exist in some altered form. Radio Berkman host David Weinberger postulated in his book Too Big To Know that the book itself is no longer an appropriate knowledge container – it has been supplanted by the sprawling knowledge networks of the internet. The book’s subtitle is "Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room." Inspired by the work of Harvard Graduate School of Design students in Biblioteca 2: Library Test Kitchen – who spent the semester inventing and building library innovations ranging from nap carrels to curated collections displayed on book trucks to digital welcome mats – we turned the microphone around and had library expert Matthew Battles ask David, "When the smartest person in the room is the room, how do we design the room?" Matthew Battles is the Managing Editor and Curatorial Practice Fellow at the Harvard metaLAB. He wrote Library: an Unquiet History and a biography of Harvard’s Widener Library."

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SABC Radio Archives celebrates World Radio Day today #WorldRadioDay

SABC Radio Archives  celebrates World Radio Day today #WorldRadioDay | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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;
- To be of service as a well-organised source of broadcast material to the SABC;
-To preserve permanently highlights in the history of the development and broadcast patterns of broadcasting in South Africa;
-To bequeath to future generations an audio-image of South Africa at certain periods as it was portrayed by the SABC;
-To provide researchers with information and facts on sound carriers that are not available in any other form;
-To preserve, as part of the National Broadcaster’s function and as far as possible, complete recordings of the South African culture legends and oral traditions, including a comprehensive set of nature and habitat sounds of South Africa
- We truly preserve some of the most precious memories of our history in radio.
Our existence is because of the medium of radio, a medium which are able to reach more people than any other!"

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SABC Media Libraries: The daily challenges of a sound archivist

SABC Media Libraries: The daily challenges of a sound archivist | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The daily challenges of a sound archivist in a broadcasting environment.

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