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Thanks for the update, Julie.  That's great to see.  Two questions:

1.  Does it work on lacquer discs that've cracked/separated, yet have
all the parts?

2.  Are there any plans for a West Coast (or Midwest) partner?  My
intuition seems like IRENE is best suited for materials that can't be
shipped.

On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 7:08 AM, Julie Martin <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> NEW HOPE FOR EARLY AUDIO:
> NEDCC's IRENE Audio Preservation Service is now available.
> The new IRENE Audio Preservation service at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is the culmination of a decade of research and development at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Library of Congress.
>
> IRENE uses a non-contact approach, which eliminates the possibility of damage caused by mechanical contact of a stylus on fragile media.  The process creates ultra-high resolution images of the audio groove structures in either 2D or 3D, and the resulting image files are then processed through software that translates them into an audio file.
>
> NEDCC CURRENTLY WORKS WITH THE FOLLOWING FORMATS:
> Wax cylinders, lacquer discs ("acetate" discs), aluminum transcription discs, shellac discs, tin foils, and other rare formats (e.g., Dictabelt, Voice-O-Graph, etc.), and can handle rare fragile, or damaged media.
> LEARN MORE:
> About the NEDCC IRENE Service:
> https://www.nedcc.org/audio-preservation/about
>
> About the History of the of the IRENE IMLS Grant Project at NEDCC:
> https://www.nedcc.org/audio-preservation/history
>
> QUESTIONS about NEDCC's IRENE Audio Preservation Service?
> Contact:  Mason Vander Lugt, [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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