A national sound archive for Scotland

Cover of sound archive strategic vision document

Work is under way to develop a distributed national collection of Scotland's sound heritage.

The Scottish Sound Archive will bring together the sound collections relating to Scotland held in a variety of organisations including museums, libraries and archives into a searchable single online resource.

A further online resource allowing members of the public to upload sound recordings to the national collection will also be developed.

These services are set to vastly improve public awareness, access and interaction with Scottish sound collections. 


Background to the sound archive project

In 2009 a consultation into sound archive provision in Scotland highlighted key deficiencies in the care of and access to sound collections.

The resulting report, by Atkins, recommended that national leadership in the provision for sound collections would be most appropriately undertaken by the National Library of Scotland, alongside the provision for moving image the Library provides through the Moving Image Archive (formerly the Scottish Screen Archive). The National Library of Scotland is working with a variety of stakeholders of sound collections in this development.

Shared responsibility and vision

As well as focusing on engaging with the public, the development is a collaborative activity strengthening ties between organisations hosting sound collections and sharing responsibility for their sustainable access.

This theme is apparent in the development's vision statement:

'Through increasing visibility to sound collections we can help in raising standards and sharing best practice to encourage effective care and promote widespread accessibility while fostering a supportive public and professional network.'

Read more in the Strategic vision for the Scottish Sound Archive (PDF) (8 pages; 498 KB).


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