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This is public domain outside the U.S., of course.

Steven Smolian

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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] 21st Century Discographies


> To whom...
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> From: "Joel Bresler" <[log in to unmask]>
> > I'd like to kick off a discussion of the content of published
> discographies
> > these days. Specifically, given the ubiquity of optical storage (CD ROM
at
> > the least, and increasingly, DVD ROM) and web access at every library
and
> > most end-users, what could and should be included?
> Actually, this is already under extensive discussion on two e-lists
created
> for the specific projects, as well as incidentally on the 78-L list:
>
> 1) Jon Noring is trying to set up a project currently called "Project
> Gramophone"
> (name subject to change). The eventual intent is to provided sound files
of
> every
> available 78rpm sound recording in the public domain, and if possible to
> obtain
> permission from copyright holders for recordings not in the public domain
> but
> not currently reissued or likely to be in the future. This project would
> also
> involve the creation of an equally comprehensive discographic database on
> all
> 78rpm sound recordings (the contents of this database are so far to be
> established)
> Jon can be e-mailed at Jon Noring <[log in to unmask]> and the list can be
> subscribed
> to at the YahooGroups.com site.
>
> 2) Ron Fial is providing space for Tyrone Settlemeir's 78Label list. This
> would
> involve making scanned images of the labels of all extant 78rpm records,
> and, like
> the above PrGr project would also involve the creation of a discographic
> database
> related to the label images.
> Ron can be contacted at [log in to unmask], and the list can be subscribed to at
> http://www.78online.com
>
> Note that there is some overlap between the two projects insofar as
> discographic
> data would be concerned; I am in hopes the two groups are maintaining
> contact to
> resolve this. Once the "ultimate discographic database(s)" has/have been
> created and populated, individual limited-interest discographies (i.e.
> certain
> artists. genres, labels, countries/regions, etc.) would be available just
by
> defining queries and indexing data. I have been trying to connect
> discography
> with computer technology since 1989, when I first started using dBASE III+
> to catalog my collection and digitize discographic references, as well as
> trying to promote others to do so as well; once I saw the difference in
time
> and effort between searching a dBASE file and searching 15,000 3x5 cards,
I
> was
> enthusiastic about the new technology!
> Steven C. Barr