Individuals and organisations holding sound recordings in or about Scotland are now working together as part of the Scotland's Sounds network.
Organisations involved include museums, libraries and archives.
The overarching aim of the network is to improve the care of and the access to Scotland's heritage recorded sounds.
The National Library of Scotland has been co-ordinating the development of the collaborative Scotland's Sounds network since 2009.
Shared responsibility and vision
The Scotland's Sounds stakeholder network looks to strengthen ties between organisations caring for sound collections and share responsibility for their sustainable access for the benefit of the public. It also aims to proactively increase engagement with Scotland's sound heritage.
The strategic vision states:
'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).
Stakeholders in Scotland's Sounds meet three times a year as part of an open forum. National Library of Scotland Sound Curator Alistair Bell facilitates these stakeholder network meetings.
If you are interested in being on the mailing list, please email Alistair Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pilot online catalogue
The stakeholder network regularly initiates new projects.
A pilot project is ongoing to create a web portal capable of hosting catalogue data for sound collections across Scotland. Eight organisations are taking part in Phase 1, with further fundraising required to progress to Phase 2.
Connecting Scotland's Sounds project
Connecting Scotland's Sounds was an initiative championing Scotland's heritage sound recordings with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
It was based at the National Library of Scotland and worked in partnership with many archive sound collections across Scotland.
From summer 2016 to late 2017, the project delivered a knowledge exchange programme for people looking after sound collections and a range of engagement activities connecting audiences with archive recordings.
Take a look at the project film:
Visit the Scotland's Sounds website to browse the short project report. Via the 'listen online' option you can also access new podcasts, radio programmes, animations and films created through the project which feature clips from some of Scotland’s fascinating archive sound recordings.