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Publication on audiovisual collections

From: Anne Muller <ecpa<-a>
Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2008
The TAPE project has issued a publication on audiovisual research
collections by Dietrich Schuller of the Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian
Academy of Sciences.

In the 20th century, thousands of recordings were made during
academic field work, and numerous interviews and documentaries were
produced in research projects. Some of this material is now held by
archives, but often it is kept in academic departments--or even by
individual researchers--as little known 'hidden collections':
minimally documented, haphazardly stored under suboptimal
conditions, and at serious risk of being lost altogether. These
materials reflect cultural and linguistic diversity, especially as
much of what they document has by now disappeared. They are primary
sources for oral history studies, and provide insight into the
concerns and methodology of researchers at the time. Therefore they
should be kept accessible for future research projects.

The report looks at collections of this type and discusses the
particular requirements for access and re-use, focusing on the
potential of digitization for creating distributed content-based
archives.

It is available as a PDF file at

 <URL:http://www.tape-online.net/docs/
    audiovisual_research_collections.pdf>

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The TAPE project, Training for Audiovisual Preservation in Europe,
<URL:http://www.tape-online.net> is supported by the Culture
2000-programme of the EU.

Anne Muller
European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA)
c/o Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
PO Box 19121
NL-1000 GC
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 551 08 39
Fax: +31 20 620 49 41


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