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Copyright and Related Issues Relevant to Digital Preservation and Dissemination of Unpublished Pre-1972 Sound Recordings by Libraries and Archives This report addresses the question of what libraries and archives are legally empowered to do to preserve and make accessible for research their holdings of unpublished pre-1972 sound recordings. The report's author, June M. Besek, is executive director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School.
Repository and Workspace for Austroasiatic Intangible Heritage The Repository and Workspace for Austroasiatic Intangible Heritage (RWAAI) is a digital multimedia resource dedicated to the maintenance of research materials documenting the intangible heritage of the Austroasiatic communities of Mainland Southeast Asia and India. It is the first resource dedicated to a specific language family in this diverse and dynamic region.
The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project HRELP's Endangered Languages Archive is currently being established as a part of an international network of digital language archives. ELAR will provide a digital archive for the documentations and research results of endangered languages carried out by ELDP grantees and others.
The National Library of Australia The National Library of Australia has been involved in archiving Australian online publications since 1996. Since that time it has gained an international reputation for the archive it has established, as well as for its contribution to the development of principles and practice in the areas of selecting, harvesting, cataloguing, storing, persistently identifying, preserving and providing access to online publications.
Pacific Manuscripts Bureau The Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, known as Pambu, copies archives, manuscripts and rare printed material relating to the Pacific Islands. The aim of the Bureau is to help with long- term preservation of the documentary heritage of the Pacific Islands and to make it accessible. Pambu microfilms comprise the most extensive collection of non-government primary documentation on the Pacific Islands available to researchers.
Dena'ina Qenaga Digital Archive The Dena'ina Qenaga Archive provides digital access to more than five hundred documents and recordings relating to the Dena'ina language, including nearly everything written in or about Dena'ina language. You may browse or search the available records. Some of the records have associated digital audio and text files which can downloaded. In some cases, access restrictions prohibit web-based access to digital materials
African Online Digital Library MATRIX, working in cooperation with the African Studies Center at MSU, and in partnership with premiere research institutions in Africa, is pioneering the African Online Digital Library. The goal of this fully accessible online digital repository is to adopt the emerging best practices of the American digital library community and apply them in an African context.
Culture and UNESCO, Intangible Heritage The intangible cultural heritage, as defined in the Convention that was adopted by the 32nd Session of the General Conference of UNESCO, means in the first place the practices, representations, and expressions, as well as the associated knowledge and the necessary skills, that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage. 
SEAPAVAA - Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association The association aims to provide a regional forum for addressing common issues and concerns related to the collection and preservation of, and provision of access to, the audiovisual heritage of member countries.
Ethnomusicological Video for Instruction and Analysis - EVIA Digital Archive The EVIA Digital Archive project is a joint effort of Indiana University and the University of Michigan to establish a digital archive of ethnomusicological video for use by scholars and instructors.
European Cultural Heritage Online The NECEP sub-project (WP2) of the ECHO project is about the constitution of a database on non-european societies which shall contribute to the understanding of non-european objects held by museums. It is principally an ethnological and an information-technological project.
National Archive photosearch A searchable archive of photographs in the National Archives.
National Gallery of the Spoken Word (NGSW) The NGSW is creating an online fully-searchable digital library of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century at NGSW provides storage for these digital holdings and public exhibit "space" for the most evocative collections. 
National Library of Australia Pictures Catalogue (Australia and the Pacific) This catalogue contains descriptions of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and three-dimensional objects held in the Pictures Collection of the National Library of Australia. The emphasis is on Australian material, with some material relating to New Zealand, Antarctica, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. The main time period covered is late eighteenth century to the present day. The Collection includes thousands of portraits of significant Australians
AILLA: The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America AILLA is a digital archive of recordings and texts in and about the indigenous languages of Latin America. Access to archive resources is free of charge. Most of the resources in the AILLA database are available to the public, but some have special access restrictions.
TTPI Archives Digitized Database In 1991 the University of Hawaii Library received a federal grant for a pilot project to create a digitized database using the Trust Territory Archives Photo Collection. This page provides background information on the University of Hawaii Pacific Collection, the history of the Trust Territory Archives, and the digitizing project. Illustrations provide samples of photographs from the Trust Territory Archives (select thumbnail to view enlarged image). It is hoped that this publication will disseminate information on a valuable scholarly resource. 
Copyright and other intellectual property rights (IASA - International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives) This document, which sets out IASA policy, is intended to provide guidance to audiovisual archivists on professional conduct in the area of intellectual property legislation. It also provides a basis for professional representation to government and other bodies who may draft or revise legislation in this area
Musea - Cultural Heritage Information Technology The primary objectives of Musea are: "to study and investigate the standardisation issues corresponding to requirements emerging from the activities related to the storage and on-line access of the Cultural Heritage (ref. SOGITS N884)." (last edited in 2001)
Open Archives Initiative The Open Archives Initiative develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. The Open Archives Initiative has its roots in an effort to enhance access to e-print archives as a means of increasing the availability of scholarly communication
Access to Audio recordings - Folk Heritage Collections in Crisis, report 2001 Stating the Obvious: Lessons Learned Attempting Access to Archival Audio Collections
British National Library Sound Archive The International Music Collection is one of the world's largest collections of recordings variously described as traditional, folk or 'world' music. It encompasses most musical traditions of the world with recorded performances dating from the infancy of sound recording to the present day.
AIATSIS - Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies AIATSIS is an independent Commonwealth Government statutory authority devoted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies. It is Australia's premier institution for information about the cultures and lifestyles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Ara Kuwaritja Archival Project Ara Kuwaritja is a forum for the archiving and display of contemporary Anangu social history in the form of annotated graphic images. Ara Kuwaritja complements the historical material archived in the Ara Irititja ('early days stories') project website.
The Oxford Text Archive The Oxford Text Archive hosts AHDS Literature, Languages and Linguistics. The OTA works closely with members of the Arts and Humanities academic community to collect, catalogue, and preserve high-quality electronic texts for research and teaching. The OTA currently distributes more than 2000 resources in over 20 different languages, and is actively working to extend its catalogue of holdings.
The Aboriginal Studies Electronic Data Archive, ASEDA The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) holds computer-based (digital) materials about Australian Indigenous languages in the Aboriginal Studies Electronic Data Archive (ASEDA). ASEDA has materials including dictionaries, grammars, teaching materials, and represents about 300 languages. ASEDA offers a free service of secure storage, maintenance, and distribution of electronic texts relating to these languages.
First Peoples' Cultural Foundation - language archives FirstVoices is a group of web-based tools and services designed to support Aboriginal people engaged in language archiving, language teaching & culture revitalization.
The Cultural Conservancy: Indigenous Languages Restoration The Storyscape Indigenous Languages Restoration Project is engaged in the repatriation of 67 aging reel-to-reel language, story, and song recordings representing 22 Native American languages.
DOBES - Documentation of Endangered Languages With every language which becomes extinct priceless intellectual values will be lost forever. The project DOBES will contribute to the conservation of this cultural heritage. The MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen (NL) will house the data archive which will cover sound material, video recordings, photos, and various textual annotations.
Music Australia The MusicAustralia vision is to develop a web-based music service that will provide integrated access to Australian music resources and information to all Australians and other interested users.
National Networked Facility for Research in Australian Music The National Networked Facility for Research in Australian Music aims to make more accessible the scattered and often hidden materials and resources related to Australian music. What you see is a beginning. Use the site and add to it to assist the research effort in Australian music!
Archive of Maori and Pacific Music The Archive of Maori and Pacific Music houses the world’s largest ethnographic sound collection relating to the Pacific. Established in 1970 to promote research into the music of the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Maori, and those of the people of the Pacific Islands, its holdings today include material from most tribal groups of New Zealand and most Pacific Islands areas, and both commercial and field recordings of vocal and instrumental music
DELAMAN Digital Endangered Languages and Musics Archive Network A number of initiatives have been established recently with the goal of documenting and archiving endangered languages and cultures worldwide. DELAMAN has been set up to form an international network of archives that will stimulate intensive interaction about practical matters that result from the experiences of fieldworkers and archivists, and to act as an information clearinghouse. DELAMAN is intended as an open organisation where any initiative actively contributing to documentation and archiving of endangered languages and musics can participate. We welcome collaboration with other initiatives as appropriate. 
Micronesia over the years the MicSem photo albums Each of the following mini-albums on the islands offer a look backward at Micronesia as it was yesterday. It is a walk through the past, as seen in images rather than written text. The albums are changed periodically and feature photos from the Micronesian Seminar library collection and the resources of other institutions in the area.
Pacific Collection, University of Hawaii The Pacific Collection at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Hamilton Library offers materials relating to the island regions of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Internationally recognized for the excellence of its holdings, the Pacific Collection contained over 75,000 volumes in 1994. Approximately 3,000 volumes are added to the collection each year.
ARSC Resource List on Audiovisual Archiving and Preservation The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is pleased to present a new resource, "Education and Training in Audiovisual Archiving and Preservation." The page, available on the ARSC website, lists classes, training programs and courses on audiovisual archiving and preservation. In addition, it features links to discussion lists, organizations and websites of relevance to audiovisual archivists, engineers, librarians or anyone with an interest in or connection to audiovisual archiving and preservation.
AHDS - Audio Recording of Workshops and Seminars An increasing number of projects and departments are recording and transcribing events, seminars and workshops. This short AHDS (Arts and Humanities Data Service) Information Paper looks at the particular issues faced by the AHDS when recording seminars as part of its e-Science Scoping Survey.
UKDA - Getting Informed Consent and Sample Consent Forms

Informed consent is an ethical requirement of the research process. It must be thought through at the planning and writing stage of a research proposal and be tailored towards the specific research questions and the sample. Failure to realise the need to gain informed consent means that the opportunities for archiving and secondary analysis may be jeopardised from the start. This article from the UK Data Archive looks at the role of informed consent in the research process and its importance in ensuring that data from fieldwork can be shared with other researchers. Areas covered include: fieldwork agreements; management of data; confidentiality for data sharing; and special consent. Exemplars of specific types of informed consent are presented together with a commentary.

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