Internal Deadline: October 15, 2021
External Deadline: December 15, 2021
The program will run nine competitions from 2017 to 2021 and will award a total of $4.5 million. Awards range from $10,000 to $50,000 and cover costs of preservation reformatting for fragile and/or obsolete time-based media content by qualified external service providers.
Link to Award: https://www.clir.org/recordings-at-risk/
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://orif.usc.edu/oor-portal/.
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
Audio and audiovisual recordings document vital, irreplaceable aspects of twentieth and twenty-first century life, but substantial proportions of this legacy will be lost due to the fragility and obsolescence of audio and audiovisual media. If current professionals fail to act, vast quantities of audio and audiovisual content will remain inaccessible, be poorly understood, and ultimately be lost. Proper storage and handling can prolong the life of fragile recordings, but these practices serve as mere stopgaps, postponing inevitable decay. Even in cases where media have been preserved, changes in formats and playback technologies over time will render them unusable.
Recordings at Risk encourages professionals who may be constrained by limited resources and/or technical expertise to take action against the threats of degradation and obsolescence. The program aims to help institutions identify priorities and develop practical strategies for digital reformatting, build relationships with partners, and raise awareness of best practices.
An independent review panel, comprised of scholars in a variety of domains and technologists with expertise in digitization and digital preservation, will evaluate applications using four primary criteria:
The potential scholarly and public impact of the project
The urgency of undertaking reformatting to avoid risk of loss
Potential for preservation
The viability of the work plan and deliverables for preserving the content over time
Approach to access
The approach to legal and ethical concerns affecting access
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.