Field Research - Consulting - Cooperation

Field Research

The archive conducts a number of recording projects, which generally focus on Austrian topics and constantly extend the thematic range of the collection. Often representing new methodological and technical approaches, these projects also contribute to the further development of research phonography and videography.
External recording projects supported by the Phonogrammarchiv benefit from the ever increasing experience in this field.

Consulting and Support of Field Research

The Phonogrammarchiv supports third-party research projects by first-hand advice abd training, the loan of field research equipment and the archiving/long-term preservation of the resultant recordings. If you wish to apply for such support, please complete the application form [download pdf]; Please read the explication of the legal framework [download pdf].
Please note that application forms for support by the Phonogrammarchiv will be processed in the order of their arrival, and that a timely submission (i.e. at least four weeks prior to your departure) is imperative. Especially during University holidays, which are often used for field research, audio and video equipment is in great demand. We therefore advise you to make the application procedure part of the overall planning of your intended research, since only a timely application will guarantee availability of the equipment for the period desired.
All recording equipment has been carefully selected and is constantly serviced and kept to optimal technical standards. By providing advice on adequate equipment and recording methodology for particular tasks, the archive also furthers the advancement of scientific phonography/videography.


The Phonogrammarchiv has always endorsed international cooperation, and since its early days it has also been involved in the establishment of other sound archives. Today, the Phonogrammarchiv is still engaged in the further development of audiovisual archivism, especially in developing countries. It is actively involved in the work of international organizations such as the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and UNESCO (Memory of the World Programme).