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Advances in Multimedia
Volume 2013, Article ID 276354, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/276354
Research Article

The Safeguard of Audio Collections: A Computer Science Based Approach to Quality Control—The Case of the Sound Archive of the Arena di Verona

1Department of Computer Science, University of Verona, Strada Le Grazie 15, 34134 Verona, Italy
2Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, Via G. Gradenigo 6/b, 35131 Padova, Italy
3Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Udine, Via delle Scienze 206, 33100 Udine, Italy
4Department of Industrial Engineering-Chemical Sector, University of Padova, Via F. Marzolo 9, 35131 Padova, Italy

Received 20 April 2013; Revised 21 October 2013; Accepted 14 November 2013

Academic Editor: Jianping Fan

Copyright © 2013 Federica Bressan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In the field of multimedia, very little attention is given to the activities involved in the preservation of audio documents. At the same time, more and more archives storing audio and video documents face the problem of obsolescing and degrading media, which could largely benefit from the instruments and the methodologies of research in multimedia. This paper presents the methodology and the results of the Italian project REVIVAL, aimed at the development of a hardware/software platform to support the active preservation of the audio collection of the Fondazione Arena di Verona, one of the finest in Europe for the operatic genre, with a special attention on protocols and tools for quality control. On the scientific side, the most significant objectives achieved by the project are (i) the setup of a working environment inside the archive, (ii) the knowledge transfer to the archival personnel, (iii) the realization of chemical analyses on magnetic tapes in collaboration with experts in the fields of materials science and chemistry, and (iv) the development of original open-source software tools. On the cultural side, the recovery, the safeguard, and the access to unique copies of unpublished live recordings of artists the calibre of Domingo and Pavarotti are of great musicological and economical value.