Thursday, April 26, 2007

Event: Unlocking Audio: Sharing Experience of Mass Digitisation

Unlocking Audio: Sharing Experience of Mass Digitisation
26-27 October 2007
The British Library Centre for Conservation, London

Preliminary announcement (as posted on the DIGITAL-PRESERVATION discussion list):

Unlocking Audio is an international conference exploring the planning and strategies required for the successful execution of large-scale audio digitisation projects, and the technical and practical issues involved.

Aimed at actual practitioners, sharing best practice and looking at emerging standards, the event will to be held at the British Library in London on Friday 26th and the morning of Saturday 27th October 2007.

Invited speakers include:

Kevin Bradley (National Library of Australia) Jonathan Leong (BBC Archives) Pekka Gronow (Finnish Radio archives) David Seubert (University of California, Santa Barbara)

The event will be held at the new purpose-built facility, The Centre for Conservation, located at the main British Library site in London. The Centre contains the technical department of the British Library Sound Archive and includes 10 new soundproof transfer studios, a recording studio, a small workshop and laboratory.

Places are strictly limited to 60 delegates. The programme will include invited presentations, a roundtable discussion, a social dinner and tours around the new audio-technical facilities. Space will be available for displaying posters and small exhibits. Participants will be free to join optional excursions to other sound archives and studios on Saturday afternoon after the close of the conference.

A detailed programme and application information will be issued soon.

"Unlocking Audio"
The British Library Sound Archive,
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
United Kingdom
Fax: + 44 (0)207 412 7441

27th October is the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

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Susan Kitchens said...

Glad to know that this is going to take place. I'm not destined to be one of the 60 (I'm not worthy! ... nor, for that matter, do I have travel budget!)

I sure do want to know what takes place there. Any idea what they'll do to let the rest of the world know what was discussed there? Do you think they'll record it and then (gasp) podcast it?

By the way, in case I haven't done so in a previous comment, I sure do appreciate your coverage of the digitization realm. I'm happy to have stumbled upon your site.

Jill Hurst-Wahl said...


Sometimes "something" is published later from these events. We'll have to keep our eyes open for whatever surfaces.


Richard Wright said...

Despite the gasp it might cause Ms Kitchens, and despite the 'something' from Ms Hurst-Wahl, there was in fact a complete public release of the talks (yes, the audio and the slides) at this conference, posted here: