In 2006, the Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound (NIRS) entered into a partnership with Memnon Audio Archiving Services to form MemNor, a commercial audio archiving service based in Stavanger, Norway. This paper traces the evolution of the Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound from a private collection of music recordings to a municipally funded audio archive to a public private partnership and discusses the past, the current, and the future challenges involved. Details of ongoing activities are included.
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