Hi ARSC, I'm a frequent reader of this list (and met some of you at the
ARSC conference last week), though I think this is the first time I've
written to the list myself.
I wanted to chime in and make sure you've heard of Pop Up Archive, an
organization I founded a couple years ago to provide digital preservation
and archiving for audio (in addition to automatic transcripts for spoken
We are partnered with the Internet Archive to offer free unlimited storage
and backup for material you are willing to share with the public, and if I
dare say, our uploading process is a bit friendlier than archive.org's. You
can add your own metadata and thumbnail image through Pop Up Archive, and
we take just about any file format, which is then transcoded into lots of
other formats for posterity.
There are no ads or spam on our site, and we've been pleasantly surprised
to see a wealth of high quality content in the public archive so far.
Take a peek: www.popuparchive.org. If you have questions, you can reach me
at [log in to unmask]
On Tue, May 20, 2014 at 5:12 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> With Archive.org, you get what you pay for. I'd say you get a little bonus
> with that group because they appear to be relatively well-funded and
> well-connected, so they are not likely to just disappear one day.
> Chris Brady, if you want something exactly to your specification, beggars
> can't be choosers. You'll need to fund your own archive.
> I have uploaded stuff to Archive.org and don't like their uploading
> system, and I really don't like that they don't have professional oversight
> of the metadata, it's just a user-entered "groupsource"
> cluster-you-know-what. This makes searching unreliable and descriptions
> sometimes useless. I always get the sense that there's a goldmine of stuff
> I'm interested in buried in Archive.org but I'll never have the patience to
> find it because it's mis-filed, mis-described or uploaded incorrectly. But
> it's free and there's a ton of interesting information up there, sprinkled
> with plenty of junk and porn. Like the rest of the interwebs.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Randy A. Riddle" <
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> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Monday, May 19, 2014 8:03 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Spam Free Archives
> The volunteer group I've worked with for awhile, the Old Time Radio
>> Researcher's Group, uses archive.org as the permanent home of their
>> "certified" radio series - they make new transfers of discs or early
>> generation tapes and try to find the best existing copy of shows in a
>> series and put the resulting files there.
>> Archive.org also has partnerships with libraries that are digitizing books
>> and other materials at the site.
>> I uploaded some collections of audio related to a 30s-60s gay nightclub
>> performer, Ray Bourbon, to archive.org some time ago as well as three
>> documentaries I produced in the 1990s. I'm happy with it as a public home
>> for this digital material.
>> Since users can upload material, some spam gets through, but does come
>> I'd say it's still the best option.
>> Randy A. Riddle
>> [log in to unmask]
>> On Mon, May 19, 2014 at 7:40 PM, Tim Stamps <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> My take on this is that archive.org is still the best option.
>>> The fact that they have been overtaken by spam means they
>>> need a spring-cleaning. If enough people write in with complaints,
>>> I am sure they will comply as best they can. Any other public site is
>>> bound to fall victim as well - after all, it *is* the internet.
>>> For a perpetually free-from-spam site, you may need to look for
>>> one that requires logins, or even paid registrations or subscriptions
>>> but that would certainly limit your audience significantly.
>>> A subscription site like ARSC would be a good option, if they
>>> were interested in setting up an online archive site for members.
>>> Tim S.
>>> On May 19, 2014, at 11:38 AM, CJB wrote:
>>> > I have a number of archival recordings both sound and video to upload
>>> > to archive sites in perpetuity - or for as long as the Internet
>>> > exists.
>>> > I thought of YouTube - however its is not audio file friendly, it
>>> > appends adverts, and there is a LOT of junk on there. Also being owned
>>> > by Google it is subject to ephemeral whims as to which files are
>>> > allowed to remain and which are summarily removed.
>>> > Then I thought that Archive.org would be a good option. Its easy to
>>> > upload files, metadata can be added, it does not carry advertising,
>>> > and once uploaded a file is converted into numerous forts, and there
>>> > is also a number of download options. BUT ... I have now found that
>>> > there are considerable uploads of porn material and files advertising
>>> > the services of prostitutes etc. such as Indian woman in Dubai (FGS).
>>> > So do folks here know of other reliable - and importantly porn free -
>>> > serious archive sites?
>>> > Thanks -
>>> > Chris B.