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Audio Reformatting Project Planning

CylindersTIME TO START PLANNING YOUR IRENE PROJECT

It's an exciting time at NEDCC!  Very soon the Center's IRENE service will be available to cultural instituions across the U.S.

As our IMLS IRENE grant project begins to wrap up, the Center is welcoming project inquiries for reformatting early audio collections with IRENE at NEDCC's headquarters in Andover, MA.

The most appropriate candidates for the Center’s IRENE service are unique or rare recordings, broken or damaged media, and media that are too delicate to play with a stylus.

 


FUNDING YOUR PROJECT

We are also keeping track of funding opportunities for IRENE projects, so you can begin developing your project. Here is an appropriate grant from NEH:

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH)
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) Grant Program

Application deadline: July 17, 2014 for projects beginning May 2015

The HCRR grant program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology.

For complete information and guidelines, visit: NEH Preservation and Access

Note the advice from an NEH program officer about applying for an HCRR grant to reformat audio collections with IRENE:  “Applicants should demonstrate that they have established contact with the source of services and have a good idea of the logistics and costs involved.” 


Carl HaberIRENE IN THE MEDIA


There is a great article about the development of the IRENE technology and the work of Carl Haber, Vitaliy Fadeyev, and Earl Cornell, in the May 19, 2014 issue of the New Yorker Magazine, entitled:

"A VOICE FROM THE PAST: How a physicist resurrected the earliest recordings."

Don't miss it!

Photo, Carl Haber:
Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory

Comments (1)

  1. Tom Hitt:
    Jun 02, 2014 at 07:18 PM

    Really enjoyed the article! A worthwhile endeavor! ~Tom~


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