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[ARSCLIST] TAPE publishes report on audiovisual research collections and their preservation

With apologies for cross-posting
The TAPE project has issued a publication on audiovisual research collections by Dietrich Schüller 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 http://www.tape-online.net/docs/audiovisual_research_collections.pdf <http://www.tape-online.net/docs/audiovisual_research_collections.pdf> (819 KB).


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


European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA) 
c/o Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences 
P.O. Box 19121, NL-1000 GC  Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Visiting address: Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, NL-1011 JV  Amsterdam 
T ++31 - 20 - 551 08 39   
F ++31 - 20 - 620 49 41 


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