"Save our sounds": CGI partners with British Library’s initiative

Company extends dira! provision to further guarantee nation’s radio archive

The newsroom and radio system provider CGI has announced a two-year extension of its contract to provide the British Library’s ‘Save our Sounds’ initiative with access to its dira! platform to record and archive a representative selection of the UK’s radio output for posterity. dira!’s support of the project will now run until May 2023, allowing the National Radio Archive to continue to preserve some of the three million hours of radio broadcast throughout the UK every year for future researchers.

Source: British Library

The British Library established the Save our Sounds programme in 2015 to preserve as much as possible of the UK’s rare and unique sound recordings. The National Radio Archive is a key part of that initiative and is an ambitious programme to record hundreds of thousands of hours of content each year from 50 stations around the UK.
 
dira! is a key part of that process and its web-based clients are used to semi-automatically plan, capture, archive, and manage the 50 radio network audio stream recordings within the British Library archive infrastructure, as well as integrate the SpeechToText transcription provided by T-Pro and Cedat85 that enables searchable metadata for future archivists. Over 220,000 radio recordings have already been archived in under two years of operation.
 
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