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Fundamentals of Audio Preservation is a Course

Fundamentals of Audio Preservation



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About the Course

Welcome to the Fundamentals of Audio Preservation online course, presented by Indiana University's Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative. This course explores the basics of preserving archival audio holdings. Participants will develop practical, hands-on (and ears-on!) capabilities in a number of areas including critical listening, embedding metadata, and quality control. If you work with archival audio in any setting, from a large sound archive to a small number of recordings in a manuscripts repository, this course will provide you with the tools to develop a sound preservation plan.

This course is designed for archivists, librarians, students, and others who will manage or are managing audio digitization projects for long-term preservation. It is not designed to meet the deeper technical needs of digitization engineers or operators who are performing the work of playing and digitizing audio recordings. Technical audio issues in the course are covered at a beginner's level.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply principles, standards, and best practices to preserve audio recordings.
  • Evaluate various audio formats to identify preservation problems and characteristics that impact stability.
  • Resolve technical issues in the audio preservation space.
  • Manage audio preservation transfer work conducted either in-house or using an outside vendor.

Module Topics

  • Survey of Legacy Recording Formats
  • Critical Listening
  • Prioritization

Meet the Instructor

Mike Casey is the Director of Technical Operations, Audio/Video for Indiana University's Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (MDPI). He is a member of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Technical Committee and the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives Technical Committee.

He is the also co-author of Sound Directions: Best Practices for Audio Preservation, a contributing author to the widely-used IASA-TC 04 and TC 05 best practices documents, lead author of Meeting the Challenge of Media Preservation: Strategies and Solutions and many others.


Length: ~6 hours


Media Digitization and Prioritization Institute


Credit: None


Audience: Everyone

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