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Saturday, September 16
 

09:00

Technical Committee, 1 (closed meeting)
Moderators
avatar for Lars Gaustad

Lars Gaustad

Head of moving image preservation, National Library of Norway
Lars Gaustad is head of moving image preservation at the National Library of Norway. The library holds the heritage collection of moving images in Norway as well as being responsible for handling the legal deposit of film and television. He has chaired the Technical Commission of... Read More →

Saturday September 16, 2017 09:00 - 17:00
Ethnologisches Museum, Room 2 (ground floor) Takustraße 40, Berlin, Germany
 
Sunday, September 17
 

09:30

Diversity Task Force (open meeting)

IASA DIVERSITY TASK FORCE

MEETING AGENDA

Objective:  It is important to understand the world we live in.  It is heterogeneous in nature and so there is the need to build an inclusive environment that embraces sharing of varied thoughts and perspectives. This will ensure fairness, empowerment, add value to deliberations during meetings and make members feel part and parcel of the organization.  It is a concern that the historical makeup of IASA may be contributing to a community that is less diverse and not wholly representative of all peoples and cultures. It is therefore anticipated that the establishment of the Diversity Task Force will primarily investigate and report on how diversity or the lack thereof within IASA affects our mission, vision and membership. Additionally, it is envisioned that the Task Force meeting will be a platform for networking.

 

Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Time: 9.30a.m -10.30a.m

Venue: Ethnologisches Museum, Room 2 (ground floor) Takustraße 40, Berlin, Germany

Meeting Type: Open meeting

 

Agenda Items:

1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Diversity in IASA (Discussion-Open)

3. Structure of Diversity Task-Force

4. Duties of the Diversity Task-Force

5. Elections/Volunteers for Task-Force

6. Next Steps for Task-Force

7. Any other business (AOB)

8. Closing



Moderators
avatar for Judith Opoku-Boateng

Judith Opoku-Boateng

Archivist, Institute of African Studies
Judith Opoku-Boateng is the Head Archivist of the J. H. Kwabena Nketia Archives of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. She has formal qualifications in Sociology and Archival Studies from the University of Ghana.   She started her career as a researcher... Read More →

Sunday September 17, 2017 09:30 - 10:30
Ethnologisches Museum, Room 2 (ground floor) Takustraße 40, Berlin, Germany

09:30

Organising Knowledge Committee (open meeting)
Introduction - Johan Oomen - OK Committee progress report.
Tutorial - Johan Oomen and Sebastian Gabler - "How to Make My Content Actionable? - From Strings to Things, and from Lists to Taxonomies"

For a music enthusiast, or even for a librarian, the task of finding all resources connected to Aram Il'yich Khachaturian may be a daunting challenge. Ethnic Armenian of pre-Soviet birth, we find documents in Armenian (“Արամ Խաչատրյան”) and Cyrillic script (“Ара́м Ильи́ч Хачатуря́н”). His audience in the Western Hemisphere is juggling several transliterations, such as “Khachaturian”, “Kaciaturian”, “Chatschaturjan”, Chačaturjan, or “Xač'atryan”, to name but a few. 

The fact that these strings all denote the same resource, the epoch-making composer, conductor, and mentor of a generation of Soviet musicians, remains in-actionable. Once entities become things (or resources) that can be linked to each other as a knowledge-base, to rules that can be used for more precise entity extraction, or as automatic quality checks, humans and machines can be made aware of such implicit knowledge. By making facts explicit like: ‘Khachaturian is an Armenian, born in Tiflis, June 6th, 1903, composer of the well-known Waltz from the Masquerade suite (1944)’, one can quickly find resources when searching for ‘Khatchaturian’, even if it doesn’t mention ‘Khatchaturian’ explicitly, and regardless in which language or script the resource is written.
With a semantic layer on top of content, data become meaningful because they are then put in a richer context, and they become actionable because they provide no longer just strings but machine-addressable and -processable things or entities.

Not only when juggling dozens of synonymous denominations for a person, maintaining lists is an everyday-task of information managers. Flat lists often are preferred just in order to avoid the additional overhead often imposed by taxonomies or thesauri.

However, such lack of structure quickly can become a quality issue. One example is dealing with crowd-sourced annotations. Crowd-tagging and folksonomies have become increasingly popular along the Web 2.0 wave. Picklists spawning the entire screen, and separating keyword-spam from keyword-ham are the reverse side of the medal. When data should drive business, actionable knowledge is once again required. Businesses cannot afford not to know if a person entering “coffee” into the search-box is looking for a package of ground beans, or for a place to relax.

A first step towards expressive data is the introduction of simple ontologies, which come at relatively low overhead. When using the Simple Knowledge Organisation Standard (SKOS) from the W3C set of semantic web standards, at the same effort as zoo-keeping a couple of spreadsheets we can get a fully-blown knowledge graph. This is offering concepts uniquely accessible by Universal Resource Identifiers (URIs), hierarchical and non-hierarchical relations, methods that allow for data quality assurance, and and Linked Data networking at the same time.


Moderators
avatar for Johan Oomen

Johan Oomen

Head of Research and Development, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
I'm head of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision R&D Department and researcher at the Web and Media group of the VU University Amsterdam. I'm an elected board member of the Europeana Association, of the EUscreen Foundation and of CLICKNL, the innovation catalyst for the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sebastian Gabler

Sebastian Gabler

Consultant, Semantic Web Company
Originally trained as Recording Producer with a degree as "Diplom Tonmeister" from Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), Sebastian pursues a career in archive- and information management for over 15 years, after spending 5 years in music production for Radio, TV and Recording industry... Read More →


Sunday September 17, 2017 09:30 - 11:30
Ethnologisches Museum, Room 1 (Auditorium, off the Lower Foyer) Lansstraße 8, Berlin, Germany

10:30

Training & Education Committee (open meeting)
Moderators
avatar for Pio Pellizzari

Pio Pellizzari

IASA Vice President
Pio PellizzariStudied musicology, roman philology and French literature. He was a scientific collaborator for musicology at the libraries of the Universities of Lausanne and Fribourg (Switzerland) elaborating musical inheritance and producing catalogues of musical works. He taught... Read More →

Sunday September 17, 2017 10:30 - 12:30
Ethnologisches Museum, Room 2 (ground floor) Takustraße 40, Berlin, Germany

11:30

Discography Committee (open meeting)
Paper - How to deal with a collection of rare commercial phonographic catalogues?
 The CREM-CNRS located at the University of Nanterre manages the sound archive of the former Paris Musée de l'Homme. This collection focused on ethnomusicology includes several thousands of 78 rpm records and LPs, as well as photographies and paper documents such as commercial catalogues of record labels from the late 1920's to the 1960's. This collection of several hundreds of catalogues is focused on non-western music released by the major Western record companies (HMV, Columbia, Odéon, Pathé, Polydor...) as well as some local and less-known labels. Indexing, digitizing and sharing such a collection raise several methodological, technical and legal issues we would like to discuss.

Paper 2 - Mass Digitization of 78rpm Records with the Internet Archive
The Internet Archive has started to digitize its 78rpm collection by working with George Blood. Over 10,000 sides are done and preserved on archive.org. As we complete another 10,000 we’re planning for 400,000 sides. Now the fun begins!
The goal is to help move forward digitization and signal processing technologies as well as to help the public explore now obscure music and musical styles. Please bring ideas.
Are there other individuals and institutions that want to digitize their 78rpm collections - by using the same high quality workflow and pricing - resulting in the Internet Archive hosting the results?
If others will donate their 78's, the Internet Archive will pay to digitize them (if within scope and not duplicative), return copies of the digital files, and preserve the digital files and physical discs. Our goal is to assemble the best 400,000 sides that we can. Do you know of people that might be interested?
We are looking to improve the metadata and discovery. Can we link to and from discographies, to and from Wikipedia, and other resources? Much more needs to be done on this. Help us make this an audio component to the rich research resources for 78rpms.
This talk will start with status and reserve time for discussion on how others might want to participate. 78's rule!

Moderators
avatar for Filip Šír

Filip Šír

Sound Documents Manager, National Museum, Czech Republic, Prague
Filip Šír, DiS. is the coordinator for digitization of audio documents in the Digitization and New Media Department of the National Museum. Since 2012, he has been focusing on a comprehensive solution for the issue of audio documents, from the principles of sound document care to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for George Blood

George Blood

Owner, George Blood Audio/Video/Film
George Blood has worked in classical music production since receiving his bachelor's degree in Music Theory from the University of Chicago in 1983. While recording live concerts (from student recitals to opera and major symphony orchestras) since 1982, he documented over 4,000 live... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Henry

Thomas Henry

Ceints de bakélite
78 rpm record collector and researcher from France, creator of the Ceints de bakélite blog. Vice-chair of IASA Discography Committee, Ambassador of IASA for France.
avatar for Brewster Kahle

Brewster Kahle

Founder and Digital Librarian, Internet Archive
A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries... Read More →


Sunday September 17, 2017 11:30 - 13:30
Ethnologisches Museum, Room 1 (Auditorium, off the Lower Foyer) Lansstraße 8, Berlin, Germany

11:30

National Archives Section (open meeting)

Moderators
avatar for Richard Ranft

Richard Ranft

British Library
Richard Ranft is Head of Sound & Vision at the British Library, with responsibility for 7 million sound recordings, 280,000 moving image items and 750m newspaper pages, and for bringing them together in digital form to create new services for users of the collections. He currently... Read More →


Sunday September 17, 2017 11:30 - 13:30
Ethnologisches Museum, Room 3 (first floor) Arnimallee 23, Berlin, Germany

12:30

Technical Committee, 2 (open meeting)
Paper 1 - Saphir : using coloured light for recovering audio signal from challenging delaminated lacquer disk records
Conventional mechanical playback cannot be used in the case of damaged lacquer audio disk records, used between 1930 and 1960 by a large number of radio broadcasters and archives. INA has developed optical tools and software for the recovery of such records.
The Saphir scanner uses an original approach, by casting a structured coloured light beam onto a small area of the disk surface, and uses a standard video sensor for acquiring rings of pictures. From the collected pictures, the software allows to decode a wide range of audio disks recording types, from early Berliner to stampers and 33rpm vinyl disks, but its strength is at recovering the signals from lacquer recordings, even severely damaged (broken, cracked, delaminated). Extreme examples with numerous cracks and missing flakes will be demonstrated.
We will present our efforts towards replicating the scanner, making the tools available to INA, other audio archives, and service providers, with the objective of opening up the potential for recovering this highly endangered part of the audio heritage.

Paper 2 -  Applied TC04 –Equipment Specifications and Measurement Standards
 The TC04 provides the basis for almost every audio digitization project in the international archival community. It provides guidance in many aspects and also provides minimum specifications for audio equipment to be used for digitization. For economic, informational or technical reasons these minimum specifications are often not easily met.
In practice, even if a specification given by an equipment manufacturer meets the high demand of TC04, after many years of using the equipment, compliance of the criteria to specification has to be checked. This has to be done by standardized measurement, but the measurement standards found in TC04 are sometimes not stated in precise and comprehensible manner.
My presentation simply wants to draw attention to this possible imperfection of the TC04, show some examples and discuss ideas on how the potential for a departure from TC04 in certain situations can be reduced.



Moderators
avatar for Lars Gaustad

Lars Gaustad

Head of moving image preservation, National Library of Norway
Lars Gaustad is head of moving image preservation at the National Library of Norway. The library holds the heritage collection of moving images in Norway as well as being responsible for handling the legal deposit of film and television. He has chaired the Technical Commission of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jean-Hugues Chenot

Jean-Hugues Chenot

R&D project manager, INA
SIgnal processing. Audiovisual media. Optical playback ofdamaged analogue audio disks.
avatar for Oliver Danner

Oliver Danner

... restores audio media and reformats audio content as a freelancer. He holds an MA degree in Conservation and Restoration of Audiovisual Cultural Assets and a BSc degree in Mediaproduction and -technology. He has worked as an audio engineer for roughly 17 years and also works for... Read More →


Sunday September 17, 2017 12:30 - 14:30
Ethnologisches Museum, Room 2 (ground floor) Takustraße 40, Berlin, Germany

13:30

Research Archives Section (open meeting)
Moderators
avatar for Janet Topp Fargion

Janet Topp Fargion

Lead Curator, World and Traditional Music, British Library
Janet Topp Fargion is an ethnomusicologist with research interests in South Africa and the Swahili Coast. She graduated with a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1992. She joined the British Library in 1994 as Lead Curator of World and Traditional Music where she... Read More →

Sunday September 17, 2017 13:30 - 15:30
Ethnologisches Museum, Room 3 (first floor) Arnimallee 23, Berlin, Germany

14:30

Broadcast Archives Section (open meeting)
Moderators
avatar for Brandon Burke

Brandon Burke

Archivist, Hoover Institution Library and Archives, Stanford University
avatar for Elisabeth Steinhäuser

Elisabeth Steinhäuser

ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation)

Sunday September 17, 2017 14:30 - 16:30
Ethnologisches Museum, Room 1 (Auditorium, off the Lower Foyer) Lansstraße 8, Berlin, Germany

15:30

Europeana Task Force (open meeting)

Moderators
avatar for Richard Ranft

Richard Ranft

British Library
Richard Ranft is Head of Sound & Vision at the British Library, with responsibility for 7 million sound recordings, 280,000 moving image items and 750m newspaper pages, and for bringing them together in digital form to create new services for users of the collections. He currently... Read More →

Sunday September 17, 2017 15:30 - 16:30
Ethnologisches Museum, Room 3 (first floor) Arnimallee 23, Berlin, Germany