Sound Practices: Online Audio Exhibits and the Cultural Heritage Archive

by Breaden, Ian Craig

Abstract (Summary)
This paper examines the functionality of 25 online web exhibits in their use of audio media, against a backdrop of the changing character of the archive in the age of virtual access to primary materials. A discussion of the evolution of the archival role, from simple custodian of materials to historian/educator/interface designer, is followed by an analysis of online audio exhibits using a matrix measuring specific aspects of audio performance. Each web exhibit is scored against the matrix, itself examined as a tool of measurement. The scores are compiled, ranked, and analyzed. Based on these scores, the state of audio technology, and the insights provided by digital archival preservation, a set of standards are proposed as a starting point for archives to use in increasing audio exhibit performance.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Helen R. Tibbo

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:archival materials digitization exhibition audio visual archives united states evaluation handbooks manuals etc library exhibits design


Date of Publication:04/13/2005

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