I don't have a simple answer. But I hope some of my thoughts will help.

You can intuit a lot by looking at the PBCore metadata standard,
especially in the technical metadata for instantiations. Any system
made for the broadcast industry should at least minimally comply with
PBCore. Look at the elements under PBCoreInstantiation. PBCore is the
standard for the American Archive. Another project set up to help
independent audio producers and stations in a digital cloud format is
the Pop Up Archive, which is working with the Internet Archive for
public collections of audio.

You should join and ask people on the AIR listserv [The Association of
Independents in Radio], where there are lots of audio producers. They
have more definite thoughts if they're working in the public radio

A lot of new producers rely on essays and resources provided by Transom.

The style manual for public radio, which includes common practices for
logging, editing, and managing audio files is found in the latest
edition of Sound Reporting by Jonathan Kern (Chicago: The University
of Chicago Press, 2008).

Hope that helps some.


Thomas Pease
Library of Congress
(not speaking for it, though)
& Volunteer Classical Music Host/Producer, WTJU (Charlottesville, VA)

On Sun, Mar 16, 2014 at 5:05 PM, Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi. I joined in this list as part of my work is transferring tapes to digital for occasional clients, and lots of you do this. I have no big record collections, just too many CDs of music overflowing! and my old collection of a few hundred Lps. :-)
> I also work with an independent radio interview program, post-producing remote raw interviews into formatted hour long programs, and we are seeking a way of archiving the digital files for the future. We have a person who is a very good organizer, and he is designing (and constantly re-designing!) a file system to our various levels of materials. I'd like to find some industry guidelines so that I do not keep feeling I am bowing to his nitzy detailed systems. It seems to be so quirky that I would like something to compare it with.
> We have:
>  - raw original recordings, split for the 2 or more voices,
> - intermediate edited versions, basically cleaned up,
> - Masters, mixed and processed for broadcast,
> - and various delivery files: WAVs for retail CDs, MP3s for buyers and radio and MP2s for network radio distribution.
> Is there a system that is industry standard for organizing digital audio files?
> Thanks for any pointers or advice!
> <L>
> Lou Judson
> Intuitive Audio
> 415-883-2689