Ongoing Projects // Participation in the "Europeana Sounds" project

  • Coordination:
    Geral: Richard Ranft (British Library)
    Portugal: Maria Fernanda Rollo
  • Team:

    Salwa Castelo Branco (Departamento de Ciências Musicais FCSH/UNL e Presidente do INET-md, da FCSH/UNL)
    Ruy Vieira Nery (Dep. Ciências Musicais FCSH/UNL e Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian)
    Ana Paula Guimarães (IELT - FCSH/UNL)
    Maria Inês Queiroz (IHC-FCSH/UNL)

  • Partnerships:

    The British Library – UK
    Stichting Nederlands Instituut Voor Beeld en Geluid - NL
    Stichting Nederland Kennisland - NL
    Stichting Europeana - NL
    National Technical University of Athens - EL
    Bibliotheque nationale de France - FR
    AIT Austrian Institute of Technology Gmbh – AT
    Net7 Srl - IT
    We Are What We Do Community Interest Company - UK
    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - FR
    UAB DIZI - LT
    Deutsche Nationalbibliothek – DE
    Music Library of Greece - EL
    Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche - IT
    Irish Traditional Music Archive – IE
    Max Planck Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften E.V. – NL
    National Library of Latvia - LV
    Technisches Museum Wien mit Osterreichischer – AT
    Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg - DE
    Sabhal Mor Ostaig – UK
    Statsbiblioteket – DK
    Oesterreichische Nationalbibliothek – AT
    Instituto de História Contemporânea, Faculdade de Ciencias Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa – PT
    Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann – IE

  • Founded by:
    European Commission FP7
  • Start date:
    Feb 2014
  • End date:
    Jan 2017
  • Duration:
    3 years
  • Brief:


    The Europeana Sounds project was launched on 1 February 2014. This three-year project, co-funded by the European Commission, will give online access to a critical mass of audiovisual digital-objects by January 2017. Over 540,000 high quality sound recordings will be available via Europeana, from classical and folk music, to environmental sounds from the natural world as well as oral memories.

    The project, coordinated by The British Library, is a partnership among 24 national libraries, sound institutions, research centres, and universities from 12 European countries.

    The sounds selected for this project embrace the breadth of Europe’s cultural heritage : classical music and contemporary performances with timeless and universal appeal ; traditional and folk music and storytelling ; sound effects, environmental sounds and noises from the natural world; languages, accents and dialects and oral recollections, all with a particular resonance in different regions. Together these collections reflect the diverse cultures, histories, languages and creativity of the peoples of Europe over the past 130 years.

    Europeana Sounds is a truly groundbreaking initiative. For the first time world-leading heritage institutions with outstanding audio collections are getting together to enhance access to early materials and share expertise and skills. Through TV, radio, online channels and cinema, audio visual materials today make up the soundtrack to our daily lives, and have done for decades - but are some of the most overlooked when it comes to preserving our cultural heritage. Europeana Sounds will widen access to a wealth of Europe’s richest materials and show how sound recordings have woven their way into the social, cultural and scientific fabric of their time across the spectrum. From long forgotten dialects, through the sounds of disappearing natural environments, to contemporary music, Europeana Sounds will bring us all closer to a recent past much like to our own, united by a common aural heritage. Much of this heritage was born within the age of copyright, and preserving it for future generations will carry forward the work on opening access to copyrighted materials. These sounds are the newest layer in our shared
    cultural experience, and the challenge will be to preserve access to it for a wide audience in an
    increasingly digital age.

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