Your final project should include a paper (10 pp for undergrads, 20 pp for grads) that focuses on some aspect of archiving. It should draw on--and refer to--readings and other resources we have discussed. Feel free to add your own, as well. If you would like to supplement the paper with a recording, video, website, or other resource, please do (though it's not required).
Here are some final project ideas:
Historical topic –
Oral history (significant individual in local audio world)
Impact of the change from acoustic to electric recordings on field recording
Rationale for ethnographic sound archives in a post-modern context
Changing expectations of users of sound/multimedia archives (if it’s not there, it doesn’t exist!)
Critique of a real-life archive (organization, practices, policies, use of technology, etc.)
The role of sound archives in Native American language revival
Design of an archive for an organization (i.e., the “Pink Martini” archive; NW Folklife)
Classification systems – Folksonomies (social tagging)
Broadcast WAVE format (BWAV) for archival metadata
Survey of approaches to audio presentation on archives’ websites (i.e., Southern Folklife Collection, UNC; ILAM; Comhaltas Traditional Music Archive; UCLA: UWEA
Personal music collection software (comparison, evaluation, etc.)
Design of a database for a body of recordings (i.e., commercial Chicano pop music of the 1960s; shoebox of recordings you made during your trip to Bali)
Design of a personal/family archival website (interviews, old family recordings, photos, etc.)
Digital video file formats – why is there no archival standard?
Digital archiving standards (critique)
Comparison of sound editing programs
Can't change a rubric once you've started using it.