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      Save Our Sounds: Audio Preservation and the British Library

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015) (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      7 & 9 July 2015

      Sound archives, Media preservation, Audio recordings, Collective memory

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          Abstract

          Audiovisual heritage plays a significant and growing role in framing our memory of the past hundred years, and the British Library holds the national sound collection, consisting of over 1.5 million discs, tapes and audio files, containing over seven million recordings. These cover the broadest possible spectrum, from historical, dramatic and wildlife material to all genres of music. Today, they face the twin threats of degradation and the obsolescence of access technology.

          Elsewhere, throughout the UK, there are hundreds of thousands of audio recordings held in public and private collections which further add to the richness of our collective memory. Archival consensus internationally holds that we have approximately 15 years in which to digitise all our audio and video material; by around 2030, the scarcity of legacy replay equipment and spare parts will render.

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          Contributors
          Conference
          July 2015
          July 2015
          : 155
          Affiliations
          Audio Engineer and Conservation Specialist

          Sound Archive

          British Library, London, UK
          Article
          10.14236/ewic/eva2015.69
          © Will Prentice Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2015, UK

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

          Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015)
          EVA
          London, UK
          7 & 9 July 2015
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
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          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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