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ASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL (AEMR)

ISSN: 2625-378X

ASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL

Safeguarding Strategies of Sound Archives and its Meaning to the Pacific Region

Gisa Jähnichen

ASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL 5 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.30819/aemr.5-5     pp: 39-43     2020-06-30

Stichworte/keywords: Sound archiving, Pacific region, Digital knowledge, Regional features, Strategies

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Jähnichen, G. (2020). Safeguarding Strategies of Sound Archives and its Meaning to the Pacific Region. ASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL, 5 , 39-43. doi:10.30819/aemr.5-5
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doi = {10.30819/aemr.5-5},
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year = 2020,
publisher = {Logos Verlag Berlin},
volume = {5},
pages = {39-43},
author = {Gisa Jähnichen},
title = {Safeguarding Strategies of Sound Archives and its Meaning to the Pacific Region},
journal = {ASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL}
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Abstract
Sound archives and connected visual archives are all the time challenged by a speedy deselection of items that follow daily demands of decision making according to cultural policies and economic necessities. These challenges are imposed upon specific archival materials of a value yet incomprehensible to our recent level of knowledge. Since we are not able to fully understand all dimensions of collected materials which is often accumulated to serve single publications or written qualifications, their contents are in many ways inaccessible, not only physically or digitally.

My paper in this regard is based on experiences with small scale archives in Asia situated in universities and research institutions, which do store rich collections on analogue carriers or as digital files yet do often not follow up with maintenance and quality control in terms of accessibility. A paradigm shift towards a better understanding of the maintenance and quality matter is seemingly the only way out in order to keep those items of which importance for future uses is not guaranteed. The consequence of these thoughts can lead to strategic suggestions that can be applied to many cases, especially in a region with permanent environmental and social tournaments such as the Pacific Region.