This page was originally created by the PARS Recording and Photographic Media Committee
The Sub-Committee on Technology of the Memory of the World Programme of UNESCO recommends these guidelines as best practice for Audio-visual Archives. Print version available for purchase.
From 1993, "this manual prescribes ... procedures that cover unique aspects of accessioning, storing, preserving, and duplicating sound recordings in the custody of NARA."
Published by Harvard University and Indiana University, this is a comprehensive resource on the current state of audio preservation. Information for curators, collection managers, audio archivists, audio engineers, and anyone involved in building digital libraries. Includes sample metadata documents and software tools.
"The Field Audio Collection Evaluation Tool (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."
The AVSAP tool "will provide assessors with basic guidelines on reformatting and rehousing needs, long-term storage and the potential ability for the reformatted media to be mounted on the Internet"
"The AV Artifact Atlas is for use in the identification and definition of the technical issues and anomalies that can afflict audio and video signals.
"The goal of AVAA is to advance the audiovisual archiving field generally by strengthening the practice of reformatting archival media content. Archivists can improve the outcomes of their media preservation efforts if they can properly identify and characterize signal issues and anomalies. With a tool to facilitate building a vocabulary of terms and supporting examples, archivists will learn and be able to communicate about the problems with more clarity and understanding. With this understanding, it is more likely that fixable problems will be fixed, limited resources will be directed more appropriately, and the products of reformatting workflows will be of higher quality.
"The idea to create a community-based, online resource emerged while a group of media archivists attending the Association of Moving Image Archivists 2010 annual meeting were discussing quality control over vegetarian po'boy sandwiches at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. We were frustrated by the lack of an accessible resource covering these issues, one that can be used to support and inform quality control processes in archival media reformatting workflows. We realized that if we gathered together our clipped examples of media issues, pooling our knowledge on the subject, and then shared it as a community resource using wiki software, we might begin to fill the glaring gap.
"Partners in the effort to bring about the AV Artifact Atlas include: Bay Area Video Coalition, New York University Digital Library Technology Services, and Stanford Media Preservation Lab.
Provides links to free single-copy downloads of PDF documents, including:
These provide a listings of printed reports which are available at no charge to the public upon request. Several address audiovisual materials specifically, including the most recent report issued in February 2002, "Bibliography on the Preservation of Magnetic Media" by Gerald D. Gibson.
A useful history of "new media," defined as any medium requiring the use of a machine to access information recorded on it, with a particular focus on sound recording media. Includes a glossary and bibliography.
"The roundtable serves as a forum for discussing archival issues related to the creation, management, preservation, and use of audio and audiovisual resources in archives and other cultural heritage repositories."
See also Hess's blog, which contains extensive information on formats, restoration, and more.
Much of the work covers imaging but chapters concerning audio include:
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