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--- PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP 2007 ---
The Education and Training Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound
Collections presents "A Workshop on the Preservation of Audio in the Digital
Domain." The workshop will be held Wednesday, May 2, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
in the Regency Ballroom of the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 West
Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
This one-day workshop covers the basics of preserving audio in the digital
domain, addressing difficult issues concerning equipment, technical
metadata, workflow, and storage. Archivists, librarians, and collection
managers -- anyone who works with archival sound recordings -- will receive
guidance on formulating solid digital-preservation strategies, and a greater
understanding of the issues involved in working effectively with IT
personnel, audio engineers, and others pursuing the preservation endeavor.
The workshop consists of four sessions:
-- Standards and Best Practices for Audio Preservation
The brief overview examines the existing and emerging standards and
best-practice documents for audio preservation. To set the stage for the
workshop, this presentation covers IASA TC-03 and 04, the Broadcast Wave
file format, AES31-3, AES technical metadata schemas, the CLIR/LC report on
analog playback, and the Sound Directions project, among others.
Presented by Mike Casey (Associate Director for Recording Services, Archives
of Traditional Music, Indiana University, and Co-chair, ARSC Technical
-- Choosing the Right Tools for the Job: Archival Audio Equipment Solutions
for Most Budgets
This session focuses on computer and digitization equipment choices,
emphasizing the accurate capture of analog source material. Options examined
encompass the wide variety of source material, budgets, and digitization
requirements that exist across archives holding audio collections.
Presented by Dave Nolan (Audio Archivist, 92nd Street Y, New York).
-- Storage Solutions and Data Management
This talk provides an overview of storage technology and explores storage
solutions suitable for small archives and for larger institutions. Related
data management issues will be examined.
Presented by John Spencer (President, BMS/Chace) and Jon Dunn (Associate
Director for Technology, Digital Library Program, Indiana University
-- Preservation Workflow: The Sound Directions Project at Indiana University
The workshop session demonstrates standards and best practices in action,
largely through the preservation system developed at the Archives of
Traditional Music and the Digital Library Program at Indiana University.
Topics to be addressed are: appropriate preservation signal chains, types of
digital files generated, target preservation file format, procedures for
working with digital files, workflow and division of tasks, meeting existing
standards and best practices, collection of technical metadata, data
integrity, interim storage, long-term storage, and preservation packages.
Special emphasis will be on quality control.
Presented by Paul Mahern (Sound Directions Audio Engineer, Archives of
Traditional Music), Ronda Sewald (Sound Directions Project Assistant,
Archives of Traditional Music), Mike Casey (Associate Director for Recording
Services, Archives of Traditional Music), Jon Dunn (Associate Director for
Technology, Digital Library Program), and George Blood (Safe Sound Archive).
The workshop registration fee is not included in the conference registration
fee. Early workshop registration (postmarked by April 9) is $75 for ARSC
members, $85 for non-members, and $40 for students. After that date,
registration is $85 for members, $100 non-members, and $45 students.
Detailed information about the workshop can be found at:
Please direct all workshop-related questions to the Co-Chairs of the
Education and Training Committee:
Karen Fishman: [log in to unmask] 202-707-5856;
Barbara Need: [log in to unmask] 773-702-7045.