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Re: [ARSCLIST] Request for Images of Audio Formats - general format and decay
I assisted in a small way with Indiana and
Harvard Universities' FACET tool which does this.
I really think it's a good idea to evaluate FACET
before undertaking the construction of a new tool.
As one of my technical friends says, "One of the
nice thing about standards is we have so many!"
In this case, in my opinion fewer standards would
be better. In that way, funding organizations
could make meaningful decisions across
collections based on uniform evaluation metrics.
We also have another program coming from Columbia
University that has been a long time in
development. FACET was in development about three
years and while complex in its underlying
structure and detail, is easy to use. I have yet to see the Columbia U. tool.
Feel free to harvest any pictures from my website
that are not credited and in articles authored by
me as long as you provide credit including URL www.richardhess.com/tape/
The photos are mostly at www.richardhess.com/notes/
FACET can be found:
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 11:58:03 -0400
From: "Casey, Michael T" <micasey@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [ARSCLIST] FACET release
Dear ARSCLIST members,
The Sound Directions project team is pleased to
announce the release of FACET--the Field Audio
Collection Evaluation Tool--to aid selection for
preservation. Below you will find the official
"press release" with details on how to download
the software and accompanying documents. We hope
that you find the FACET package useful in your work.
Associate Director for Recording Services
Archives of Traditional Music
Co-Chair, ARSC Technical Committee
FACET: Audio preservation selection software
The Sound Directions project at Indiana
University and Harvard University announces the
release of FACET (Field Audio Collection
Evaluation Tool) which is designed to aid
selection for preservation. FACET is available
from the Sound Directions website at
FACET is a point-based, open source software
tool that ranks audio field collections based on
preservation condition, including the level of
deterioration they exhibit and the degree of
risk they carry. It assesses the
characteristics, preservation problems, and
modes of deterioration associated with the
following formats: open reel tape (polyester,
acetate, paper and PVC bases), analog audio
cassettes, DAT (Digital Audio Tape), lacquer
discs, aluminum discs, and wire recordings. This
tool helps collection managers construct a
prioritized list of collections by condition and
risk, enabling informed selection for preservation.
The FACET package consists of the following:
§ FACET software
§ FACET Procedures Manual. This is a guide
to using the FACET software and an exploration
of the preservation selection process
§ FACET formats document entitled Format
Characteristics and Preservation Problems with
92 pages and 47 photographs detailing
characteristics of, and preservation problems
with, the various audio formats treated by FACET
§ Sample FACET worksheets. Paper
worksheets for gathering data before using the software
For further information on the Sound Directions project:
At 11:33 AM 2008-04-29, Tracy Popp wrote:
Dear ARSC List Members:
I am a research assistant working on the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign's Audiovisual Self Assessment Program (AVSAP) project.
Broadly, the basis of the project is to design a graphically-based computer
tool that mid-to-small sized cultural institutions can use as a guide to
assessing audiovisual collections. More information regarding the project
can be found on our website: http://www.library.uiuc.edu/prescons/AVSAP.htm
We are currently in the beginning stages of design and gathering content.
Currently, we have a strong textual foundation and are now moving on to the
stage of collecting visual elements for our tool.
This is where my call for assistance from the listserv community comes in. I
would like to know if anyone has any images or photos (high resolution and
high quality preferred) of:
-general formats (e.g. wire, cylinder, disc, open-reel magnetic media, etc.)
-decay in formats (e.g. tape which has succumbed to sticky shed, discs
coated with palmitic acid, known problematic tapes, etc. )
If you have images you'd be willing to share for this project please contact
me off list at:
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me as well.
Thank you for your assistance!
Graduate Assistant AVSAP
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Richard L. Hess email: richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.