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The Phonogrammarchiv recognized as a CLARIN Knowledge Centre

The Phonogrammarchiv is a multi-disciplinary research sound and video archive, covering holdings from all continents. Since its foundation in 1899 the Phonogrammarchiv has been building up its holdings by cooperating with Austrian scholars and archiving their collected material, or by fieldwork conducted by staff members on special topics exploring new fields of methods and contents. The main tasks comprise the production, annotation, cataloguing and long-term preservation of audio-visual field recordings, making the cultural heritage available for future generations and enabling the dissemination of the recordings as well as technical developments in the field of AV recording and storage. Thus the Phonogrammarchiv adds to infrastructural performance valuable to both the scholarly community and the public at large.

The Phonogrammarchiv’s holdings comprise recordings in the fields of cultural and social anthropology, ethnomusicology, musicology, linguistics, sociology, zoology, medicine and history. Its technical expertise includes audio and video recording, digitisation and re-recording (cylinder, Phonogramm, wire, disc, analogue tape, obsolete videotape formats used in the academic community), long-term preservation of audio-visual data, as well as the maintenance of a digital archive and database.

For researchers, scholars etc., the Phonogrammarchiv provides listening and viewing facilities, access to a comprehensive on-site database (documentation of the holdings), an online catalogue, analogue documentation (typewritten, handwritten protocols), digital copies of the holdings on demand, methodological training and expert advice on audio-visual fieldwork and the long-term preservation of audio-visual data, technical support for researchers, training in archival practices and technologies.

The holdings of the Phonogrammarchiv are open for research of any kind, and we serve scholars, curators of exhibitions etc. from all over the world; some recordings have been used also by artists for their productions, installations etc.

The Phonogrammarchiv also offers its expertise to all institutions/persons looking for professional help and advice in the areas of archiving, digitisation, long-term preservation and re-recording of all kinds of audio-visual material.

We answer all inquiries free of charge; listening to and viewing the recordings on site, or consulting the database and protocols, is equally possible at no cost. All services are also offered in English.

The Phonogrammarchiv is part of the Austrian CLARIN consortium.
For inquiries regarding the digital humanities there is a helpdesk at the Austrian Center for Digital Humanities

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