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Digital materials created by musicians and fans as a by-product of performance or recording, not otherwise published or shared

Group: Sound and Vision

Trend: New Entry

Consensus Decision

Added to List: 2019

Last update: New Entry

Previous category: New Entry

Imminence of Action

Action is recommended within three years, assessment within 12 months

Significance of Loss

The loss of tools, data or services within this group would impact on people and sectors around the world.

Effort to Preserve

It would require a major effort to prevent losses in this group, such as the development of new preservation tools or techniques.


Pre-production notes; demo recordings; photography; correspondence.

‘Practically Extinct’ in the Presence of Aggravating Conditions

fragile or obsolete media for offline content; service provider preservation capability for online content; dependence on proprietary formats or products; lack or loss of documentation; uncertainty over intellectual property rights; lack of version control; lack of policy or mandate

‘Endangered’ in the Presence of Good Practice

Replication; clarity of intellectual property rights; preservation agency involved and capable of looking after content

2019 Review

This entry has been split out of the previous entry for ‘Digital Music Production and Sharing’ though it has overlaps with other entries including ‘Pre-production TV and Movie materials’.  A separate entry has been included to emphasise the inherent and value of the archival materials relating to the recording process over and above the recordings themselves.

Additional Jury Comments

Inevitable loss of existing data but it would require major effort to fix in terms of identifying organizations who are preserving this content. Not clear that this is being done already

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