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DHO Workshop: Audio Digitisation and Metadata

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Date: Monday 19 October 2009, 10:00-16:00
Venue: Royal Irish Academy, Dublin

Presenters: Eoghan Ó Raghallaigh (RIA), Dot Porter, Metadata Manager (DHO), Malachy Moran (RTE), Niall Anderson (British Library)

The RIA Library and the DHO  offer a one-day audio workshop devoted to online audio web publication and archiving of audio files. The workshop is aimed at those currently engaged in digital audio archival work and those interested in doing so. This workshop focuses on the implementation of metadata within audio projects. It will also provide an opportunity for those working in the area to meet and learn from each other and to explore current practices.

Registration is now closed.


10:00 - 10:15   Introductions and Welcome
10:15 - 10:45   Brief Introduction to Metadata
Dot Porter, Digital Humanities Observatory
10:45 - 11:00   Doegen Records Web Project Presentation
Eoghan O Raghallaigh, Royal Irish Academy
11:00 - 11:30   Coffee
11:30 - 12:15   Metadata for Access to Digital Audio
Malachy Moran, RTÉ Archive
12:15 - 13:15   Lunch
13:15 - 14:00   The implementation of metadata within the BL’s Archival Sound Recordings project
Niall Anderson, British Library
14:00 - 14:45   Breakout Sessions
14:45 - 15:15   Coffee
15:15 - 16:00   Reporting from Breakout Sessions, Wrap Up Discussion


Featured Talks

Metadata for access to digital audio
Malachy Moran
RTÉ Archive

The RTÉ Radio Archive has more in common with a business Record Management service (supporting four national radio stations) than with a traditional academic archive. Changes in metadata practice have been driven by the arrival of digital audio technologies, and by the expectations these new technologies have fostered. This paper will focus on how to describe sound recordings. Using case studies from RTÉ and comparison with existing cataloguing / archival descriptive standards, we will examine:

  • how researching audio is different from researching other archival materials;
  • research technologies;
  • version control;
  • re-using business metadata for academic research;
  • transfering metadata from creators to the archive.

The implementation of metadata within the BL’s Archival Sound Recordings project
Niall Anderson, British Library

Archival Sound Recordings is the largest audio digitisation project ever undertaken, and the completed site (http://sounds.bl.uk) features 45,000 rare and historic recordings from the early 1900s to the present day.  Niall will discuss the metadata standards and schemas employed in the project, how metadata was integrated into the overall project workflow, and how metadata became the single most important means by which users discover and interact with the site.  He will also discuss the costs and difficulties experienced in compiling metadata over the course of the project, and will make recommendations as to the minimum technical requirements for a functioning metadata schema – paying particular attention to the question of how to make project-specific metadata join up with and enrich an existing library catalogue.