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Find out more about the inner workings of New Phonograph, from the steps leading to its creation to details of funding and our long-term vision. New Phonograph is a comprehensive effort to create universal audio preservation procedures for the Czech Republic. This section is aimed at providing you with an overview of our methods and motivations in the most accessible way.


This page introduces the variety of collaborating institutions who are involved in creating the architecture for the project. The project is coordinated by the National Museum’s research team, who are also responsible for meeting the main objectives of the project, particularly in developing, testing and exploring appropriate methodologies to protect and make available a large part of its audio collections. Co-researchers within the project – the National Library of the Czech Republic, the Library of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Masaryk University – are, within their specific competencies, each overseeing certain areas related to research and technology development.

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This section will introduce our workflow, a model of our process across all necessary steps for digitising sound recordings, from carrier identification to providing access to the end user.

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The main objective of the New Phonograph is, in accordance with international standards, practice and on the basis of existing research results in the field, to develop, test and implement appropriate procedures to address the complex issues of long-term protection and accessibility of audio stored on historical physical media, and the media itself. To achieve this primary goal, a number of secondary objectives must be met. Details about the project goals and visions can be found here.

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Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions related to digitizing audio. Questions are divided into three categories: The first answers questions about the project, the next focuses on issues related to audio documents in general, and the third offers opportunities to get closer to the project’s activities and engage with them. If you can not find an answer to your question here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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This page introduces our partners, namely co-operating institutions in the Czech Republic, international associations, and partners representing companies focused on audiovisual technology or production of specialized materials for the care of sound documents and their digitization.

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