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 Over 220,000 radio recordings have already been archived in under two years of operation.