March 22-25, 2006
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Demonstrations: Description

About Smithsonian Global Sound: The Ethnographic Answer to iTunes

Amy Schriefer, Smithsonian Institution, USA

Smithsonian Global Sound joins with archives and institutions around the world to document, record, archive, catalog, and digitize music and other verbal arts and distribute them via our Web site through digital downloads. Royalties from the sale of downloads go to artists and institutions, and honor the intellectual-property rights of composers, musicians, and producers. By preserving and disseminating a broad range of the world's music, Smithsonian Global Sound assists local traditions by using the power of the Internet for global cultural communication and exchange.

In addition to supporting the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms, Smithsonian Global Sound provides educators, students, and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online musical resources, including recordings, expert descriptions, and images that connect tracks to their social contexts. Features such as Radio Global Sound, Global Sound Live, My Playlist, and From the Archives provide multi-media, interactive, and curated windows into the collections.

This demonstration will highlight the functionality and features of the site, while discussing e-commerce structure, search operations, and the use of metadata.

Smithsonian Global Sound is a project of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

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Keywords: music, downloading, ecommerce, smithsonian, preservation, streaming