Libraries, Governments, Cultural Institutions: Archive/Restoration
The world's audio heritage is estimated to amount to 100 million hours of recorded documents. A considerable part is at severe risk of not surviving in the long-term, as it is still kept on analog or digital single carriers, which sooner or later are prone to deterioration. An even greater threat is the fast withdrawal from the manufacture of specific replay equipment and spare parts. This will lead to a situation where still well-preserved recordings cannot be retrieved anymore because of the lack of replay equipment.
This tutorial concentrates on two basic documents for long-term audio preservation, released by the Technical Committee of IASA, the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives:
• IASA-TC 03, The Safeguarding of the Audio Heritage: Ethics, Principles and Preservation Strategy
• IASA-TC 04, Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects
The tutorial will also survey the respective AES Standards that concentrate on the storage and handling of various types of audio carriers.
Dietrich Schüller, Phonogrammarchiv Vienna