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					 ARCHIVAL SOUND RECORDINGS
PROJECT; audio escapes the archive




Peter Findlay, Project Manager
Presentation to the JISC Programme meeting 2006


                                                  Supported by the
ARCHIVAL SOUND RECORDINGS PROJECT

          4 Strands



           Analogue to digital audio transfers
           Documentation & Metadata
           Intellectual Property Rights
           Online Delivery




                              The Business Case
                              The Project Initiation document
                              The Project plan
                              The Communication Plan
                              Product Descriptions          2
         ARCHIVAL SOUND RECORDINGS PROJECT

                 A quick overview
4000 hours of audio in 11 collections online to HE &
FE by September 2006 (1600 hours completed).

METS to provide technical, structural, discovery
metadata in Dublin Core.

Access files for streaming (discovery) & download
(repurposing).

Involve users through a User Panel & provision of a
Prototype Demonstrator (delayed, rescheduled to
18 April with).

Provide basic audio tools including a player and ‘My
Project’ functionality.
                                             The Business Case
                                             The Project Initiation document
                                             The Project plan
            ARCHIVAL SOUND RECORDINGS PROJECT

                              Content?
Beethoven String Quartets; 80 years of performances
400 Popular music tracks; a teaching set reflecting tends and
developments in presentation, recording techniques, production,
marketing, lyrical content, instrumentation etc
African field recordings Wachsmann & Rycroft
The best of British Broadcasting: The Sony Radio Awards
African Writers Club; broadcasts of literature reviews &
commentary, politics and music
Oral History of Jazz in Britain
Visual Arts Interviews & Architects and Designers
Bow Dialogues
Soundscapes
Records & Players; contextual multimedia information about
recording techniques, recording & playback developments,
restoration and audio history
                                                                  Product Descriptions
         ARCHIVAL SOUND RECORDINGS PROJECT

                     IPR & Sound
Commercial companies don’t believe in free access.
It takes a long time to convince them. They will want
to restrict the use of the materials and this goes
against the notion of open content.

RIGHTS ISSUES CAN CUT ACROSS WHAT USERS
& FUNDERS WANT – how to negotiate with parties
who may not understand the other’s interests.

Functionality is constrained by many issues including
rights. Networked content is seen as a threat. This is
a very big issue is we are to be able to put archives
online.

Flexibility is key to clearing IPR.               Licence agreements
        ARCHIVAL SOUND RECORDINGS PROJECT

               IPR & Oral History
Oral Historians and many interviewees are very
concerned about the integrity of the content of an
interview.

Interviews should not be taken out of context.

The provision for download has been agreed in most
instances but are the contributors giving fully
informed consent?

Oral History content is extremely rich but it can also
be extremely sensitive and there are questions about
it being made available without some form of
mediation.
                                                     Licence agreements
         ARCHIVAL SOUND RECORDINGS PROJECT

               IPR & Soundscapes
Soundscape recordists are keen that their work
should not be taken out of context.

What happens if a student of composition of a
popular music course decides that they can add fog
horns to their Hip Hop track?

Wildlife recording is an exact scientific activity.

Soundscapes could be considered as audio maps.
Their usefulness is in their being presented as a
whole not segmented or repurposed other than as
quotation.

                                                      Licence agreements
        ARCHIVAL SOUND RECORDINGS PROJECT

          IPR & Sony Radio Awards
This package is very difficult to clear as its
documentation is not always clear about what is
contained on the cassette and in some instance there
is no cassette.

In a number of instances submissions are a series of
clips. The rights to these cannot be cleared.

Musical content in broadcast is a special category for
the BPI/PPL and attract premium rates.

Drama is now cleared in principle. It may be best to
only present Drama productions (contingency plan).
There are many more great productions amongst the
4000 hrs of the entire collection.
                                                  Licence agreements
                 ARCHIVAL SOUND RECORDINGS PROJECT

                      Your questions please




                             ?
peter.findlay@bl.uk

Tel: 020 7412 7615

				
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