Hi, Matthew, The context of this was an article that talked about the difficulty of accessing different formats. This was brought forth as an example of what was done to make certain that all content was easily accessible. It does not say whether they retain the original or not, but I suspect they do. Cheers, Richard On 2015-05-11 9:41 AM, Matthew Snyder wrote: > "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > I happen to agree with Tom, but the National Archive of Australia >> appears to have created a tool which translates all audio into FLAC >> files for their archives...that was the basis for my original question. > > >>From an archivist's point of view this is potentially odd: the basic rule > of thumb is to preserve the format as it arrives at the archives, and > normalize (i.e. convert to a preferred format) for preservation and access, > but still preserve the original, just because it is the original. If > National Archives of Australia is keeping whatever comes in and normalizing > to FLAC, that's ok, but if they're converting to FLAC and getting rid of > the original, that's not good practice for a variety of reasons. I agree > that as memory gets cheaper the rationale for compression gets weaker, > under any circumstances. Can anyone propose to revise the standard for WAV > to include more robust metadata? > > I also cannot understand why you would convert from MP3 to FLAC. > -- Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask] Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800 http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.