Sunday, June 10, 2007

Event: Unlocking Audio conference London 26-27 October 2007

As posted on the Digital-Preservation discussion list.

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

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 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)
  • Mike Casey (University of Indiana)
  • Jim Lindner (Media Matters)
Provisional programme:

Friday 26th October
0930-1000 registration
1000-1015 welcome
1015-1045 keynote speech
1045-1115 coffee
1115-1245 paper sessions
1245-1500 lunch followed by tours of the Sound Archive technical department
1500-1600 round table discussion
1600-1700 paper session
1845-1930 drinks reception
1930-2200 dinner
Saturday 27th October
0830-1000 pastries and posters
1000-1100 paper sessions
1100-1130 coffee
1130-1230 paper sessions
1230-1300 closing keynote
1300-1330 round-up forum
1330-1430 lunch

Participants may be able to join optional excursions to other London sound archives and studios on Saturday afternoon after the close of the conference. Further details will be available soon.
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.

Call for papers

Offers of papers are invited on the planning and execution of large scale digitisation projects, including case studies, the setting of standards, and technical methods. The offers should be submitted before 2nd July along with a title, abstract of no more than 300 words, your name and institutional affiliation, and an indication of whether the paper is an oral or poster presentation, to the contact address below. Authors will be notified by 16th July whether their paper has been accepted for oral presentation. Space will be available for displaying posters and small exhibits during the pastries and posters session on Saturday morning.

Commercial sponsors and exhibitors

If your business is interested in supporting this event, please contact the address below.

Accommodation and travel

Advice on hotels and getting to the conference venue will be issued with the registration form.


The conference registration fee is £75, which includes the conference abstracts, receptions, lunches, refreshments, and breakfast on Saturday 27th but excludes the dinner on Friday 26th. The charge for the dinner is £35. Please do not send payment now.

In order to register your interest, please send your name, the name and address of your organisation and email address before 30th June 2007 to:
Alison Faraday,
“Unlocking Audio”
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
United Kingdom
Fax: + 44 (0)207 412 7777

Places are strictly limited to 50 delegates. If the event is oversubscribed, we may have to limit the numbers attending from each institution. Applicants will be notified by July 6th if they have been successful in gaining a place. The deadline for payment of registration fees and the optional dinner will be 10th August.

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