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  Title Survey of Endangered Audiovisual Carriers
  Author(s) Boston, G.
  Place of publication Paris
  Year of publication 2003
  Publisher UNESCO
  Pages 45
  Language English
  Abstract In 1995, the Technical Committee of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) carried out a Survey of Endangered Audio Carriers at the request of UNESCO. The results confirmed some fears about the rate of decay of carriers of recorded sound and allayed others. The results were also of great assistance to the IASA Technical Committee in drafting advice for archives and libraries holding collections of recorded sounds. UNESCO approached IASA in 2002 to repeat the exercise to see how the situation has developed over the intervening years and further requested that the range of carriers covered be extended to include some video and photographic media. The Organization was also interested in information about the spread of digitization both as a means of improving access to collections and as a preservation tool. A major force driving the spread of digitization is the increasing obsolescence of many of the machines required to play the historic recordings in collections. The documents presents the results of the survey for 32 different types of carrier and where applicable provides a comparison with the 1995 survey results.
  URL http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=13437&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

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