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[InetBib] 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 
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> (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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