The Scotsman: Val McDermid backs Save Our Stories appeal launched to secure future of ‘fragile and brittle’ newspaper treasure trove

The Scotsman: Val McDermid backs Save Our Stories appeal launched to secure future of ‘fragile and brittle’ newspaper treasure trove. “The guardians of Scotland’s biggest newspaper archive have launched an appeal to secure the future of ‘fragile and brittle’ collections said to be at risk of being lost forever due to their declining condition.”

Radio Prague International: Recordings from trial with “chief symbol” of Nazi occupation K. H. Frank being restored

Radio Prague International: Recordings from trial with “chief symbol” of Nazi occupation K. H. Frank being restored. “Archivists at Czech Radio have discovered 1,300 discs of recordings from the 1946 trial with Karl Hermann Frank, who was in charge of the Nazi security forces during the wartime occupation of Bohemia and Moravia. The discs are currently in the process of digitisation, making it possible to play the sounds for the first time in more than 70 years.”

Nikkei Asia: Vinyl production finds groove in Japan, thanks to social media

Nikkei Asia: Vinyl production finds groove in Japan, thanks to social media . “As ‘city pop,’ a type of Japanese pop music produced in the 1970s and ’80s, wins a new generation of fans around the world, production of phonograph records, the principal medium for recorded music at the time, has more than quadrupled over the past decade in Japan. As city pop gains more exposure through TikTok and other video hosting apps, it has drawn young people to vinyl records, which offer a listening experience that differs from digital music. More artists these days are also releasing new music on records.”

After 50 Years, Digital Voices Speak Again: A chance conversation revives speech digitization samples from 1973 (IEEE Spectrum)

IEEE Spectrum: After 50 Years, Digital Voices Speak Again A chance conversation revives speech digitization samples from 1973 . “This flexi disc is, in effect, an audio time capsule preserving the state of speech digitization research in the early 1970s. (It is telling, for example, that women’s voices are not represented in any of the sound samples.) Yet despite its historical significance, its contents remained buried within the pages of a half-century-old Spectrum back issue until this spring, when special projects editor Stephen Cass brought it to my attention following a meeting of the magazine’s editorial advisory board.”

Motherboard: New Tool Lets You Search Tons of Old CDs and Floppy Disks for Lost Media

Motherboard: New Tool Lets You Search Tons of Old CDs and Floppy Disks for Lost Media. “DiscMaster is a new website that is sifting through the CDs and floppy disks in the Internet Archive and making it all into a searchable database. Even more incredibly, it’s taking all of the old file formats and making them viewable in a browser. As of this writing, the archive represents more than 7,000 CDs and 11 million files.”

Smithsonian: Introducing the Audiovisual Media Preservation Initiative

Smithsonian: Introducing the Audiovisual Media Preservation Initiative. “Smithsonian Institution Archives, and now the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives, have been working diligently for the past 7+ years to gather information, leverage existing resources, and demonstrate the need for holistic support for a new, pan-institutional initiative to care for and provide access to our audio, video, and film collections. I present to you now, the great unveiling of : The Audiovisual Media Preservation Initiative (AVMPI)!”

Hackaday: Inexpensive Reading Glasses Become Stereoscope

Hackaday: Inexpensive Reading Glasses Become Stereoscope. “It’s an unfortunate consequence of growing older, that no longer are you able to read the print on a SOT-23 package or solder a QFN without magnification. Your eyes inexorably start to fail, and to have any hope of continuing a set of reading glasses is required. We have this in common with [Niklas Roy], who noticed while shopping for cheap reading glasses that their lenses were of surprisingly good quality. The result of this observation was a stereoscope made from card and a few euros worth of eyewear.”

KGOU: Archivist begins preserving KGOU audio in a race against time

KGOU: Archivist begins preserving KGOU audio in a race against time. “Magnetic audiotape was the workhorse of radio in the 1980s, in KGOU’s early days of serving the campus community at the University of Oklahoma with music and a few NPR programs. Local news and feature interviews, and sometimes whole radio shows were recorded on reels of tape and saved for future use, or erased and recorded over with the next episode. But audiotape begins to deteriorate after about 10 years, depending on how and where it is stored. If properly cared for, it can last longer, but is likely to start to disintegrate or suffer severe loss of audio quality with the passage of time.”

University of Texas at San Antonio: UTSA Libraries to lead new federal grant to preserve historical ITC collections

University of Texas at San Antonio: UTSA Libraries to lead new federal grant to preserve historical ITC collections. “UTSA has been awarded a two-year, $240,442 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for UTSA Libraries to digitize and catalog audiovisual items that were produced by the Institute of Texan Cultures for classroom and museum instruction, entertainment, and more, over a nearly 50-year span.”

Hyperallergic: Why One Organization Is Rushing to Digitize Decades of Broadcast Media

Hyperallergic: Why One Organization Is Rushing to Digitize Decades of Broadcast Media. “Today, [New Mexico Public Broadcasting Service] staff and volunteers are at the leading edge of digitizing decades’ worth of irreplaceable New Mexico-produced broadcast media via the New Mexico Public Media Digitization Project. The endeavor will preserve thousands of analog and digital media from the 1960s to the present and includes half-hour episodes, hour-long programs, and rolls of raw footage from five public television and radio stations across the state. The project, which will digitize more than 8,000 video and audiotapes, is expected to be completed later this year.”

Internet Archive Blog: Colgate University Libraries Donates to Expanding Government Document Microfiche Collection

Internet Archive Blog: Colgate University Libraries Donates to Expanding Government Document Microfiche Collection. “In July, the Internet Archive arranged for the twelve cabinets of microfiche, each in excess of 600 pounds, to be loaded onto pallets and shipped to the Internet Archive for preservation and digitization. Materials include Census data, documents from the Department of Education, Congressional testimony, CIA documents, and foreign news translated into English.”

Ars Technica: New Windows Media Player app travels back in time, gains the ability to rip CDs

Ars Technica: New Windows Media Player app travels back in time, gains the ability to rip CDs. “In March, Microsoft enabled audio CD playback in the new version of Media Player, something that the old version had supported for pretty much as long as it had existed. And now, Microsoft is rolling out support for CD ripping in the new version of Media Player, presumably so that we can all convert our old Weezer and Matchbox 20 CDs into files we can copy over to our iPods and Zunes.”