Problems and Promises of the Digital Age for Archives

Biegger, Katharina (Articol)

“Archives, as a society’s repositories of cultural history, have an obligation to open their holdings to the public, in particular to scholars who are devoted to study and promote their contents. Modem information technology provides excellent tools to make access easier. However, to transform the traditional archive into a digital one is a laborious, challenging and costly process. This is particularly true for ethnomusicological archives whose objects are old, fragile, and preserved in very diverse media formats, which makes digitizing, processing and presenting the data so challenging. The article describes in more detail how a collaborative multinational EU project (ethnoArc – Linked European Archives for Ethnomusicological Research) was developed that helped the Institute for Ethnography ‘Constantin Brăiloiu’ in Bucharest to implement a new internal database, to put in place a state-of-the¬ art production chain for the digitization, and to create a web-based interface for the four ethnomusicological archives participating in the project.”

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2009, nr. 1-2