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2016 Annual ASRA Conference

"Getting It Done - Crunch Time for Audio Archives"
Provisional Program Conference Program (PDF)

National Film and Sound Archive,
McCoy Circuit Canberra, Canberra, A.C.T.
Wednesday 31st August to Friday 2nd September, 2016


Conference Theme

This year's conference theme 'Getting It Done - Crunch Time for Audio Archives' explores the projects and programs being developed and undertaken by audio archivists in response to the urgent imperative to preserve and digitise collections in a climate of restricted resources and limited timeframes . The program will include papers by experts and practitioners with experience from across the audiovisual collections sector, including researchers, archivists, preservation specialists, collectors, oral historians, academics, broadcast professionals and creative practitioners.

The conference will explore sub-themes including:

  • Doing it right - planning and management of projects
  • Doing the business - business models to support large scale digitisation projects
  • That's why we do it - maximising the public benefits of digitisation projects
  • Do it yourself - home-grown solutions for archiving problems
  • Making do - compromise and improvisation as a strategy to maximise results
  • Do it now - looking at the consequences of delay
  • Just do it - overcoming obstacles and challenges
  • This is what we do - reports on projects from members and institutions

As with all ASRA Conferences we plan to celebrate our diversity and are seeking to include papers which explore emerging technologies and business models.


Registration and Membership

All presenters are encouraged to be financial members of ASRA. Membership Applications can be completed online and enables you to obtain a discount on the cost of your conference registration. For further membership information, please contact or visit the ASRA Membership page.


About ASRA

ASRA was formed in 1986, from the Australian Branch of the International Association of Sound Archivists (IASA) and is an association for those interested in recorded sound. The Association is made up of professional sound archivists, curators, recording engineers, radio broadcasters, oral and social historians, sound artists, preservation specialists, researchers and private collectors, consisting of individuals and institutions with a strong interest in sound recording history, its development and all related activities. ASRA also publishes the Australasian Sound Archive, a journal that features papers by fellow professionals in the sound and archival industries and often includes papers delivered at the ASRA annual conference



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