Oh, what an excellent project!​ And of course, the more detailed the better.

But I became distraught upon reaching this line: "...useful for funding
organizations and for administrators as they plan programs for digitization
over the next 5-10 years."

How about a project to investigate the various "programs for digitization"
possible today? Bearing in mind that whatever might have been chosen ten
years ago, would surely look (and sound) pretty feeble today. Put it all on
CD-R? Hah!

On Fri, May 29, 2015 at 2:23 PM, Bert Lyons <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Colleagues --
> I'm happy to share a recently completed study on the quantity of audio
> holdings in collections across the US. This report, *Quantifying the Need:
> A Survey of Existing Sound Recordings in Collections in the United States*,
> is available as a PDF at the following URL:
> Abstract:
> In 2014, AVPreserve and the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC),
> with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, undertook an in-depth,
> multi-faceted assessment to quantify the existing audio items held in
> institutional collections throughout the United States. This was performed
> in response to The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan
> and its call for the appraisal of collections, as well as to establish a
> foundation for articulating the current preservation need of sound
> recordings in collections nationwide. Our goal was to acquire enough
> trustworthy data to be able to answer questions such as “How many sound
> recordings exist in broadcast organizations across the US?” or “How many
> sound recordings exist in archives throughout the US?” Moreover, we wanted
> to answer more complex questions such as “How many of such items are
> preservation-worthy?” or “How many have already been digitized?”
> Prioritization for digitization is as critical as both funding and
> timeliness. The foundation for action on all three of these fronts is
> trustworthy quantitative data. This paper aims to provide such data along
> with supporting information about the methodologies used in its generation.
> We feel that the results are of great value and will be useful for funding
> organizations and for administrators as they plan programs for digitization
> over the next 5-10 years.
> We welcome feedback on the study and hope it encourages further
> conversation on the topic of audio and audiovisual preservation.
> Best regards --
> Bert
> Bertram Lyons, CA
> AVPreserve |
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