Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects

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IASA Technical Committee, Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects, ed. by Kevin Bradley. Second edition 2009. (= Standards, Recommended Practices and Strategies, IASA-TC 04). International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives.

IASA-TC 04 book

Printed in Australia, 2009, 150 pp
ISBN 978-91-976192-3-3 (not 978-91-976192-2-6 as on first imprint)

Already an accepted authority in the sound archiving field, the second edition is a thoroughly revised and updated   publication with substantial new information and chapters.

The second edition contains:
- guidance in metadata, thoroughly explained with examples
- an entirely new structure on digital repositories which follows the OAIS guidelines
- an extensive amount of new information
- guidance on small scale storage solutions
- advice on out-sourced approaches.

No sound archive or audio collection manager should be without this publication as it forms the cornerstone of our work in the digital age.

IASA-TC 04 2nd Edition is available in different languages and formats:
English: “Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects”
Français:"Recommandations pour la production et la conservation des objets audionumériques"

Espanol: Directrices para la producción y preservación de objetos digitales de audio

  • online as a web edition on this website (under construction)
  • as a bound, hard copy publication, published by the Spanish Association for Music Documentation (AEDOM). Available from the price of €25 plus postage. To order, contact:
  • as a downloadable PDF, priced at €30. Order IASA publications (link to IASA online shop). IASA Members may also download a free PDF version
Catalan: Directrius per a la producció i preservació d'objectes d'àudio digital

The 1st edition of IASA-TC 04 is also available:

  • in Italian, as Linee guida per la produzione e la preservazione di oggetti audio digitali, translated by MARTLab. This publication is available at the Associazione Italiana Biblioteche AIB, Roma. To order, use online order form available at


The IASA-TC 04 2nd Edition has been generously sponsored by:

Memnon Archiving Services

Cube-Tec International

NOA Audio Solutions
Raidió Teilifís Éireann

National Library of Norway

National Library of Australia