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Preservation of Sound Recordings, Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing

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Nthabiseng Bongekile
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7 October Tuesday
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CFB Reception area

Preservation of sound recordings implementation is dependent on archival functions, infrastructure, expertise and informed policies for its success within South African Archival Institutions and it talks to the mandate of preserving our nation's heritage. Compatibility with preservation initiative is severed in an endeavour to identify common features of the trend in archival functions practised in governmental, private sector archival institutions and archival service providers. The aim of this paper is to investigate the preparedness of staff of Sound Archives to deal with all types of genres and formats of sound recordings in the province of KwaZulu Natal. The discussion is on archivists’ knowing and understanding audio collection formats, condition and environment with the prospects of digital preservation and an analysis of an environment if it is conducive to collaboration and knowledge sharing approach adoption in South Africa. Data and information is derived from literature review, interviews, questionnaires and personal observations. The methodology is quantitative approach. The institutions where digital preservation has started are compared with the ones not yet adopted the digital preservation policy. The results of the comparison are matched with the findings of the previous studies of digital preservation projects. It is clear that collaboration and knowledge sharing approach to digital preservation within the South African context has a potential of sustained documentary heritage and service delivery.