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ASRA Conference 2008

Australasian Sound Recordings Association Conference

“No Archive Is An Island” at
Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
14 to 19 September 2008

A joint conference between:
Australasian Sound Recording Association (ASRA)
and the
International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA)


The survival of sound and audiovisual archives is dependant on the exchange of ideas, shared standards, similar technological approaches and mutual support. The conference, attracting over 170 delegates, explored the activities, achievements, interconnections and relationships between individuals and institutions active in the field of sound and audiovisual collections. The ASRA IASA 2008 international conference composed of speakers and delegates from Australia, the Pacific, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas including senior archival and collections staff from research, broadcast and national audiovisual archives and libraries, leading experts in technology, preservation, documentation and access.

IASA and ASRA members represent expertise in radio, research, oral history, social history, audiovisual collections, musicology, linguistics, ethnography, ethnomusicology, folklore, recordings, records, music, sound art, preservation, collection description, cataloguing, metadata, archival management and the provision of access to collections of audiovisual materials.

Conference Website

The conference was organised by ICMS Pty Ltd, who established a seperate website for this conference. Visit:

Conference Program and Abstracts for 2008 (PDF 517k)

The conference will explore topics including:

  • Low resource tropical archiving
  • Grass root archiving with small institutes and small nations
  • Interconnection and cooperation
  • Resource sharing
  • Federated digital delivery systems
  • Cooperative delivery systems in an innovative environment
  • Oral histories: rising tides - cultural tides, tides of Native Title and Indigenous ownership
  • Isolation, Innovation and Diversity
  • Remote broadcasting and archive implications
  • Preservation of historical memories in sound and audiovisual forms
  • Audiovisual records as a memory of revolutionary change
  • The role of archives retaining history




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