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Reviving the sound archives of Tanzania

In Tanzania, since 2011, a project is raising to highlight Tanzania’s historical memory relating to the African Liberation Heritage. To safeguard and ensure the preservation of endangered public archives in Tanzania, most institutions are promoting its heritage for present and future generations sustained by the UNESCO and European Community.

Sound archives are essential to transmit the vitality, memory and oral history through the voices of the country. This heritage archive reflects the diversity of languages, cultural identities and culture of Tanzania. Continuer la lecture de Reviving the sound archives of Tanzania

Five steps to a good « sound archive recipe »

It’s more than two years since the MMSH Sound Archives Team1 started to publish recipes on its scholarly blog Les carnets de la phonothèque from records in the field. At the beginning it was mostly a question of highlighting archives rarely used or unknown…

The MMSH Sound Archive Center ‘Phonothèque’2 It  holds more than 8000 hours of sound archives and more than 6000 hours have been digitized and are presented in an online catalogue3 ; around 3000 hours of sound recordings are directly accessible online. As we wished to highlight part of these collections, we choose to write posts about sound archives topics and of course, recipes was simple to choose: short playing, precise topic, organized with a beginning and an end. So, since November 2014, we publish (ed )every last Monday of the month a recipe linked to a field recording research by an anthropologist, a historian, a sociologist; 27 so far, so…

What is a good « sound archive recipe »?
Actually the recipes-madness has caught us! Each time a new archive collection is deposited at the MMSH Sound Archive Center, there is a question on all our minds: will there be a good sound archive recipe in it? By the way, the  Recipes Project prompts us to ask ourselves a challenging question: What is a good sound archive recipe? Here is the answer in 5 steps: Continuer la lecture de Five steps to a good « sound archive recipe »

  1. Mathilde Bresc, documentalist, suggests us every month a recipe picked up in  Ganoub, the sound archive database and editorialize it. []
  2. The Phonothèque is an archival research center, created at the end of the 1970’s by Philippe Joutard, a contemporary historian, and Jean-Claude Bouvier, a specialist in ethnic dialects, both wishing not only to preserve their recordings and to have field interviews published, but also seeked to make their sources available for the general public. When the sound archive center was integrated in the “Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme” (MMSH) in 1997 it opened to all the Humanities and Social Sciences with a focus on the Mediterranean area. []
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Call for papers – ethical and legal issues surrounding the dissemination of digital social sciences and humanities data

Since 2011 the French working group « Ethique et Droit » has been researching practical solutions toethical and legal questions surrounding the creation, use and edition of digital sources. The group comprises researchers, information managers and legal experts. It aims to write a collective guide on ethical and legal best practices when disseminating social sciences and humanities data. The guide will be published online. Since 2015 the project has benefited from the support of DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities).

Several seminars have taken place since 2011 to discuss practical experiences and to start writing the guide. A series of blog posts has also been published on the project blog:

The first part of the guide will gather an edited version of these blog posts and seminar presentations. The second part will be made of papers selected as part of this call for written papers. The call is open to anyone interested in the ethical and legal issues surrounding the dissemination of social sciences and humanities data.


“How to disseminate social sciences and humanities data: experiences and solutions.”

Objectives Continuer la lecture de Call for papers – ethical and legal issues surrounding the dissemination of digital social sciences and humanities data

Enriching MMSH’s sound archives : participate in a collaborative afternoon on October 17th

On October 17th, in the middle of the Open Access Week, and in the frame of the Europeana Sounds program, we invite you to join us in an afternoon dedicated to the annotation of the MMSH sound archives in order to help us to enrich our sourds with a focus on the geolocation. You will tag on History Pin a set of oral history interviews from the MMSH Sound Archives Center. For this session, we choose two very different historical periods : a collection about oral memory of Armenians living in Bouches-du-Rhône  (South of France), and an other about french people in Algeria in the middle of the 20th century ; both are under creative commons CC-BY. Continuer la lecture de Enriching MMSH’s sound archives : participate in a collaborative afternoon on October 17th

Les sons d’Istanbul

Soundscape of Istanbul : exposition du 24 juin au 23 juillet à Istanbul / Exhibition about the project Soundscape of Istanbul open between June 24th-July 23rd.

Le projet Soundscape of Istanbul a été créé par Pınar Çevikayak Yelmi dans le cadre de sa recherche doctorale à l’Université Koç sous la direction des professeurs Nina Ergin, Sertaç Käki et Asım Evren Yantaç.

Soundscape of Istanbul propose d’approcher la vie quotidienne urbaine, d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, du point de vue sonore. L’objectif est d’accroître la sensibilisation du public aux sons culturels à partir d’un site interactif ; non seulement parce que les sons sont partie prenante de notre vie quotidienne et de notre culture mais aussi parce qu’ils sont essentiels en termes de patrimoine culturel immatériel. Ce patrimoine culturel est en danger à cause des caractéristiques physiques du son lui-même mais aussi de la structure dynamique de la culture immatérielle. Les sons qui ne sont pas protégés ou archivés se perdent à jamais. Dans une ville dynamique comme Istanbul, la vie quotidienne et les sons urbains ne cessent de changer, à une vitesse ultra rapide. Il est donc nécessaire, si l’on veut protéger les repères sonores culturels de la ville, de les archiver aussi rapidement que possible pour maintenir l’identité culturelle et de la mémoire culturelle. Continuer la lecture de Les sons d’Istanbul

Europeana Sounds : third data providers workshop (english version)

At the dawn of the third year of Europeana Sounds program, all the partners were invited to the final workshop held in Dublin on 28 and 29 April 2016.

This annual event is always eagerly awaited by the European partners because it’s a real opportunity for all participants to be trained to work together efficiently using tools developed by the program. For this latter practical workshop, we were welcomed into the Clasac resource Center led by the Irish organization Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann1.

During these days, three main areas were discussed:
– The aggregation of MINT2 data and the display on the Europeana portal (WP1 and WP5)
– Data enrichment and participation (WP2)
– Point on licensing (WP3)

The meeting was an opportunity to take stock of the project’s second year. The overall goal published on Europeana platform of 250,000 records has been achieved, and by January 2017, this figure is expected to double with a total of 500 000 records. Statistical tools in place are very encouraging since in Europeana statistics dashboard space, attendance in 2016 is constantly increasing.
For the MMSH record library, there are are more than 1,500 views over 3,500 online references.

1. Data aggregation on MINT and the display on Europeana portal
Since the previous workshop in July 2015, much progress has been made.If the procedure on the mapping tool MINT is still the same3, the beta version of Europeana platform is moving toward a more ergonomic display with a data tree . Thus, from a qualitative point of view, sound archives data modeling has been used as a model at the presentation by Tom Miles, WP1 leader.


Presentation of the Violin Mirecourt collection displayed on a data tree on Europeana platform. during the workshp For this collection, sounds and photographs, are on line.

Finally , work on the metadata quality led by the Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI) was reported by a member of the group, Anila Angjeli, from the BnF.

2. Data enrichment and participation (WP2)
The second day of the workshop was mainly devoted to the enrichment of music collections by users. With the development of the WITH platform4, users can now annotate these sounds on Europeana via the dedicated space : Space Sounds. This space allows the creation of virtual exhibitions and collections that can be annotated with the Pundit semantic annotation tool. This collaborative tool is linked to the common repository for MIMO5 musical instruments and generates keywords (or tags) as RDF triples, which enable Semantic Web6 integration. In the near future, the Pundit annotation widget could be integrated directly on the institutions of the database. Collaborative modules on Europeana will soon be extended beyond the musical instruments, to annotate descriptive genres (directly from collections) and locations (via the new features Historypin: location suggestions and Historypin API).

Finally, before summer 2016, a crowdsourcing campaign will be launched to encourage fortification around those collections with specific events (edit -a-thon, hackathon, exhibitions…). Depending on the level of involvement of institutions in this campaign, different levels will be awarded: Bronze = selection of collections suitable for enrichment ; Silver = pre-processing of these collections ; Gold = implementation of the annotation widget on institutional database.

3. Point on licensing (WP3)
The issue of licenses was discussed with a novelty website, offering 11 standard declarations of rights for online cultural heritage. These proposals are organised as a complement to the Creative Commons licenses, and are organised into 3 categories: Copyright In, No Copyright, Other (for objects whose status is unknown). There is also a withdrawn license: Rights Reserved & Paid Access. This removal demonstrates the willingness of Europeana to propose only open access materials. These new titles will be updated in the Terms and Conditions of Europeana.

Finally, we note the integration of new European partners in the Europeana project sounds : The Fryderyk Chopin Institute (Poland),  Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), CRESSON – National School of Architecture of Grenoble (France). The participation of ENSAG involves the Centre for Research on Sonic Space & Urban Environment (CRESSON) as a unit of the CNRS UMR 1563 through the  » architectural and urban atmospheres ».In this context, the sound archives of the MMSH contributes to the launch of aggregation of the ENSAG data during the month of May 2016.

Read more about this new europeana sounds associate partner :


of the  Europeana Sounds third data providers workshop

Thursday 28th April 2015

9.45-10.00 Welcome, introduction to workshop

10.00-11.00 Metadata ingestion plans and year 3 targets

11.00-12.00 Recap of past training sessions

12.00-12.30 Q&A Session

13.30-14.30 Advanced MINT tutorials

14.30-15.30 Issues raised on basecamp/problems/mapping help

15.45-17.00 Data providers working on mapping with assistance from NTUA

Friday 29th April 2016

9.30-10.30 Ingestion and publication on Europeana

10.30-13.00 WP 2 Workshop with Data Providers

Adding data datasets to WITH (60 mins)
Enriching datasets with WITH and Pundit (60 mins)
Exploring options for the crowdsourcing campaign(s) (30 mins)

14.00-15.00 WP Rights Clinic: Applying the Rights Statements in the Europeana Licensing Framework, including an update on

15.00-16.00 Next steps for data providers and how to meet targets

As a crowning final, here is a traditional Irish air : Apples in Winter / Paddy Clancy ‘s Jigs . 1975 Tower Group. Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. CC BY-NC -SA.(Traditional Irish music concert at the Comhaltas organization).

A French version of this post is available on this blog :

The text of this post was written in french by Ariane Neroulidis reviewed by Véronique Ginouvès and translated by Hanaé Allali.

  1. This organization aims to promote traditional music and Irish culture worldwide. []
  2. Metadata INTeroperability services, MINT services compose a web based platform that was designed and developed to facilitate aggregation initiatives for cultural heritage content and metadata in Europe. It is employed from the first steps of such workflows, corresponding to the ingestion, mapping and aggregation of metadata records, and proceeds to implement a variety of remediation approaches for the resulting repository. The platform offers a user and organization management system that allows the deployment and operation of different aggregation schemes (thematic or cross-domain, international, national or regional) and corresponding access rights. Registered organizations can upload (http, ftp, oai-pmh) their metadata records in xml or csv serialization in order to manage, aggregate and publish their collections. Read more: []
  3. To give some examples of data modeling rules, with the record library of the MMSH we establish a link between the mapping collection and the CHO records – Cultural Heritage Object – using the field dcterms:isPartOf. To return to the original instructions is edm:isShownAt, while edm:isShownBy allows us to link to the stream. []
  4. This platform developed by NUTA works by exposing the API portals and data warehouses. []
  5. Musical Instruments Museums Online []
  6. Principle of Web data or Linked data which aims to publish structured data on the Web in order to connect them. []

Edit-a-thon « Récits et encylopédie – Storytelling and encyclopedia » – Programme/Program

On October 23rd, 2015 from 10:00 to 17:00 at the Mediterranean House of Human Sciences in Aix-en-Provence (room 10) will be organized an edit-a-thon in order to collaboratively enrich Wikipedia articles with sound recordings, either by indicating the links in notes or by illustrating articles with sound clips on the theme of refugees, mobilities and migrations by cutting the relevant parts of the historical recordings they explore and upload them afterwards.

It’s free to participate and open to all! Register only (limited places) – Libre et ouvert à tou.tes sur inscription (places limitées)

Le 23 octobre 2015, de 10h à 17h, a lieu à la MMSH à Aix-en-Provence (room 10) une journée collaborative ou « edit-a-thon » pour enrichir ensemble les articles sur la question des populations en mobilité, des réfugiés et des migrants, à partir de témoignages oraux. A partir de l’écoute de témoignages recueillis auprès de réfugiés ou de migrants du début du 20ème siècle, il s’agira de permettre à tou-te-s de tirer partie de la transmission orale, faire connaître les anonymes de l’histoire et initier de nouveaux contributeurs à utiliser le son en lien avec les articles.

Inscriptions closes

To go to MMSH / Aller à la MMSH

Clôture des inscriptions mardi 20 octobre  –  Closing registration Tuesday , October the 20th

Pour en savoir plus/To learn more in english /en langue anglaise  – en langue française/in french

Lire le récit cette journée/Read the storytelling


10:00 – 10:15 : welcome coffee and arrivals
10:15 – 11:30 : partners speech, about mobilities lexicon by Sara Casella-Colombeau (post PHD LabexMed) and audacity training by Joséphine Simnonnot (LESC/CREM).
11:30 – 13:00 : contribution
13:00 – 14:00 : lunch
14:00 – 16:30 : contribution
16:30 – 17:00 : conclusion and debats

17:00 : end of the day


10h – 10h15 : bienvenue et café
10h15 – 11h30 : présentation des partenaires, le vocabulaire des mobilités par Sara Casella-Colombeau (post doc LabexMed), quelques mots sur l’usage d’audacity par Joséphine Simnonnot (CREM/LESC).
11h30 – 13h : contribution des participants sur wikipedia
13h – 14h : lunch
14h – 16h30 : contribution des participants sur wikipedia
16h30 – 17h : conclusion et échanges

17h : fin de la journée

This collaborative day is organized with the support of the Europeana Sounds project.

Journée collaborative organisée avec le soutien du programme européen Europeana Sounds.

Dans le cadre de / part of Ateliers numériques du Labexmed.

Thanks to reply / Merci de répondre à l’enquête bilan par formulaire Survey feedback

Voir aussi la page Facebook du projet

ou l’information  présentée sur le site de l’ADBS ou des CORIST

Credits: children from the Syros orphanage, christmas 1923, Cycladis historical archives. Public domain.

Storytelling and encyclopedia: edit-a-thon at the MMSH – Mobility, migration, refugees

The Research Centre of Ethnomusicology (CREM –  CNRS – Musée de l‘Homme) and the Sound Archive of the Mediterranean Social Science Center (MMSH)  in collaboration with Wikimedia France will host a Wiki edit-a-thon on October 23rd, 2015 from 10:00 to 17:00 at the Mediterranean House of Human Sciences in Aix-en-Provence as part of the Europeana Sounds project. This collaborative day is also part of the digital workshops of the LabexMed.

During the edit-a-thon participants will be supervised by volunteers from the Wikimedia Chapter France in order to appropriately enrich Wikipedia articles with sound recordings, either by indicating the links in notes or by illustrating articles with sound clips on the theme. Furthermore, the participants can donate to Wikimedia Commons on behalf of MMSH by finding the right excerpts from the audio collections that are not yet on Wikimedia. For instance, by cutting the relevant parts of the historical recordings they explore and upload them afterwards.

Underneath you can read what to expect if you’re going to pariticpate during the day. Further below you can have a look at all the collections that will be used during this edit-a-thon.

Register for this edit-a-thon here:
it’s free to participate and open to all!

What can you expect during the day?
– Participate in improving (and creating) Wikipedia articles
– Explore and understand the context of various sound collections from the MMSH and CREM record libraries
– Identify places, situations, anecdotes from the stories of the refugees and relate those to articles
– Donate content to Wikimedia Commons by uploading (parts of) audio archival material
– Meet local contributors to Wikipedia and connect with them for future publications
– Explore and make visible the stories of refugees throughout history
– Get to know the Mediterranean House of Human Sciences and their scientific activities

Read about the project in french.

Read about the collections underneath (in French)

La Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme et le CREM – CNRS–Musée de l‘Homme disposent au sein de leurs services d’archive de plusieurs fonds qui pourront être utilisés lors de cette journée de contribution. Nous vous présentons ci-dessous les collections sonores dont les collections sont librement réutilisables pour effectuer des liens ou des citations avec les articles, la recherche sur la base à partir de mots-clés devrait vous aider à travailler sur les sujets qui vous intéressent et vous permettre d’identifier des articles à modifier ou des articles à créer avant votre venue le 23 octobre. Vous pouvez inscrire vos projets d’enrichissements ici :

Trois collections de la MMSH:

    • Mémoire des arméniens dans les Bouches-du-Rhône
      120h – 2006-2007 / Autorisation de réutilisation donnée par les témoins enregistré
      Ces enquêtes ont pour objectif de décrire l’installation de la diaspora arménienne dans les Bouches-du-Rhône (sept quartiers de Marseille, La Ciotat, Aix et le pays d’Aix, Martigues et la région de l’étang-de-Berre, Arles et la Camargue, et les Salins-de-Giraud) et la transmission de la culture arménienne sur trois générations depuis les années 1920.
      Traitement documentaire en langue française et accès aux fichiers son.

Credits: children from the Syros orphanage, christmas 1923,  Cycladis historical archives. Public domain.

IASA 2015 : « Tous pour un, un pour tous » : biens communs et solutions partagées

L’association international des archives sonores et audiovisuelles (IASA) tiendra sa 46ème conférence annuelle à la Bibliothèque nationale de France à Paris, du dimanche 27 septembre au jeudi 1er octobre sur le thème Tous pour un, un pour tous : biens communs et solutions partagées. Elle sera l’occasion de de mieux connaître le programme Europeana Sounds par divers ateliers  et sera suivie le vendredi 2 octobre par une journée de conférences et de performances organisées dans le cadre de ce programme, sur le thème The Future of Historic Sounds.

The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) 46th Annual Conference will be hosted at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris. Dates: Sunday 27 September – Thursday 1 October 2015 Conference theme: « All for One — One for All: Common Concerns — Shared Solutions ». On Friday 2nd October, the Europeana Sounds International Conference The Future of Historic Sounds will be held at the same venue as the IASA conference.

56 conférenciers venus de 16 pays différents présenteront leurs projets autour des archives sonores et audiovisuelles : Allemagne (1), Angleterre (3), Australie (3), Autriche (5), Etats-Unis (19), Finlande (1), France (14), Hongrie (1), Irlande (1), Luxembourg (1), Malaisie (1), Nouvelle-Zélande (1), Norvège (2) Ouganda (1), République Tchèque (1), Suède (1).  11 posters seront présentés par des ressortissants d’Afrique du Sud (1), de Chine (1), de France (2), d’Inde (3), de Turquie (2), du Mexique (1).

56 speakers will come from  16 countries, will present their sound and audiovisual projects : Australia (3), Austria (5), Czech Republic (1), Germany (1), ireland (1),Luxembourg (1), Malaysa (1), New-Zeland (1), Norway (1), Uganda (1), United-Kingdom (3), United-States (19), Sweden (1). 11 posters will be presented from China (1), France (2), India (3), Turkey (2), Mexico (1), South Africa (1)

Ne manquez pas mardi 29 septembre à 18h30 dans le petit auditorium, la conférence multimedia par Rina Sherman “The Ovahimba Years – Les années Ovahimba”, une ethnographie multimecia entre la Namibie et l’Angola (1997-2004) et la journée du programme Europeana Sounds le 2 octobre sur le thème Le futur des sons historiques (entrée libre).

Do not miss Tuesday, 29th, 18:30, Small Auditorium: Multimedia Conference by Rina Sherman “The Ovahimba Years – Les années Ovahimba”,  A multimedia ethnography between Namibia and Angola (1997-2004) and the Europeana Sounds conferences about The future of the historic sounds (free admission).

La phonothèque de la MMSH présentera dans le grand auditorium de la BnF le 1er octobre 2015 à 16h une conférence sous le titre Open access to the field recording: When biomedical sciences meet social sciences.

The MMSH Sound Archive Center will present Friday, 1st, 16:00,  the BnF auditorium a conference about Open access to the field recording: When biomedical sciences meet social sciences.


Programme complet des conférences IASA

The future of the historic sounds : programme

Crédits photographiques : Vue de Paris entre 1941 et 1945, photographie du SDASM – San Diego Air & Space Museum. Pas de restrictions de droits connues.

Nouvelle année, nouvelle base de données – New year, new database

En 2015 Ganoub1, la base de données de la phonothèque de la Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme, fait peau neuve. En effet, l’équipe de la phonothèque vient de terminer la migration des données de Ganoub vers la nouvelle version du logiciel Alexandrie2. La base est désormais hébergée sur les serveurs du centre de calcul IN2P3 accueillie par la grille de services Huma-Num. Il reste certes quelques réglages à terminer, le thesaurus ne s’affiche plus dans son entier mais il le sera bientôt au format SKOS sur une URL spécifique : n’hésitez pas à nous faire part de vos retours ! N’oubliez pas que les données de la phonothèque sont également accessibles sur le Portail du patrimoine oral et Isidore, Calames (pour partie) et bientôt en 2015 sur Europeana.

In 2015 Ganoub3, the  sound archive database of the Mediterranean House of Social Sciences and Humanities – Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme, gets a tech update and a new look. The team has just finished the migration of the Ganoub’s data to the new version of the software Alexandrie4. The database is now hosted at CCIN2P3 Computing Center within the Huma-Num « services grid » facility. No doubt there is still some settings and features to fix and complete, for example the thesaurus is not fully dispalying but it will be very soon available in SKOS format on a specific URL: feel free to send us your comments and feedback ! Don’t forget that our data are also available on the Portail du patrimoine oral – Oral Heritage Portal, Isidore, Calames, and forthcoming  in 2015 on Europeana.

Avec tous nos voeux sonores pour la nouvelle année / With all our sound wishes for the new year:

Un souvenir de l’ancienne interface de Ganoub / Remember of the old interface of Ganoub:


Crédits photographiques :
Crédits sonores : extrait de l’enquête 136 enregistrée par Jean-Noël Pelen auprès d’Ernestine Gonfon à Mouriés le 19 février 1976.
Image à la une : Page d’accueil de Ganoub, photographie « écouter au début du 20ème siècle dans l’Hérault », domaine public. 

  1. Le Sud en langue arabe []
  2. Version 7, logiciel développé par la société GB-Conceptl. Merci à Stéphanie Venck d’avoir suivi le projet ! []
  3. The South in arabic []
  4. Version 7, developed by GB-Concept. Thanks Stéphanie Venck for having followed the project. []