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Library Science Talk - VisualAudio: saving the sound of broken records. Saving the audio heritage of a country

by Günther Giovannoni (Swiss National Sound Archives), Roberto Righini (Swiss National Sound Archives)

Europe/Zurich (Zoom)



This Talk will take place in English exclusively on Zoom. Registration is not required to attend.

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Speaker Bio:
Günther Giovannoni is the head of the Swiss National Sound Archives.

Roberto Righini is the database manager of the Swiss National Sound Archives.

Abstract: VisualAudio: saving the sound of broken records. Saving the audio heritage of a country

The Swiss National Sound Archives (or Fonoteca) is based in Lugano and is a section of the Swiss National Library. Since 1987, the Fonoteca has been collecting, cataloguing, digitising and enhancing the audio heritage of Switzerland. Over the years, it has built an ideal infrastructure for the physical and digital preservation of all types of audio carriers and audio documents according to the international standards established by the IASA International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives. In parallel, it has developed technologies for reconditioning and restoring old audio carriers in cooperation with national and international institutions. In particular, the Fonoteca has developed a technology called VisualAudio that enables the extraction and saving of the sound of broken records.

The Zentralbibliothek Zurich, the CERN Scientific Information Service, and AILIS (Association of International Librarians and Information Specialists, Geneva) jointly organize the Library Science Talks. A programme of talks for 2024 can be found on the AILIS website.

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