Archiving, Restoration and Digital Libraries

An archive has to ensure sustainable access to information. One of the essential challenges is preservation of the stability and optimal readability of the sound carrier bearing the information. A wide knowledge about the physics and chemistry of sound carriers, the materials in use, their long-time storage requirements and possible signs of damage is necessary to achieve this in the best way.

Since the early days of sound recording, technology has changed in many ways. As sound recordings are depending on dedicated playback equipment to retrieve the information, it is necessary to provide expertise in the history of recording technology and procedures, the replay equipment and its handling, alignment and modification. There are also issues related to playback and format migration, such as from the analog into the digital domain.

It’s important to ensure adequate transfer of the information to other sustainable and accessible formats. This process is nowadays well known as digitization, bearing the challenge of transcoding all media content, as well as related information such as metadata in a proper way. This means managing file-based digital data in a sustainable way, so that access, documentation and authenticity can be enabled and preserved in the long term.

Audio archiving, therefore, is the interface between past, present and future, and there is a long list of publications, standards and guidelines that have been developed to assure state-of-the-art procedures.

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Archiving, Restoration and Digital Libraries

Curators

Nadja Wallaszkovits
Nadja is Program Co-Chair of the 2018 AES International Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation and Restoration, which will take place from June 28-30 2018 in the United States Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, Culpeper, VA, USA. Her research background is musicology and audio engineering. She manages the audio department of the Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, where she is responsible for audio restoration, archiving and rerecording of historical and recent formats. Nadja is AES President Elect and co-chairs AES Technical Committee on Archiving Restoration and Digital Libraries. She is also active in IASA (International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives) Technical and Training and Education Committees.
Archiving, Restoration and Digital Libraries
Technical Committee

Chair:

Kaylie Ackerman

Chair:

Nadja Wallaszkovits

Vice Chair: 

The committee seeks to be a resource to the AES membership by disseminating information about these and other topics related to the archiving and preservation of audio carriers and the information, sometimes referred to as ‘essence’, therein contained. The committee recognizes that audio preservation is not necessarily an ‘end of life’ process for audio objects but rather is a set of principles and procedures that can be applied from the time of creation for any given audio object. This is immediately relevant in a world of “born digital” audio. The committee is therefore interested in providing educational meetings and publications which we hope will benefit AES members involved in diverse segments of the audio industry.
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