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.
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:
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.
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.”
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."
Photo, Carl Haber:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory