Principal Investigator (Recipient – Coordinator)
The team consists of 20 people
The budget is about CZK 18.5 million
Contact: Filip Šír
The National Museum is a research organization that conducts basic research, applied research and experimental development, and disseminates its results through expositions, exhibitions, teaching and other educational activities, publishing in all fields in which it operates, including the field of museology and collections protection. The National Museum is one of the oldest scientific institutions in the country whose traditions extend to Czech science personalities such as František Palacký, Jan Krejčí or Karel Bořivoj Presl. It is also the publisher of the oldest and ever-growing scientific journal, the National Museum Magazine. Through this project, the National Museum is also responsible for the processing of audio documents stored on historical media. It provides a comprehensive solution for the whole process of digitisation of audio documents, phonograph cylinders and standard gramophone records, across protection, cataloguing, digitisation and access. Alongside digitisation, analysis of international professional literature, standards, experience and the practices of foreign institutions and comparisons with the National Museum will be carried out. Based on these findings, appropriate methodologies will be proposed to be tested and integrated into other procedures. Due to the scope of the National Museum’s funding and the research focus of the project, it does not cover all existing collections, but rather focuses on phonograph cylinders and standard gramophone records, where many of the most at-risk sound recordings are to be found.