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Sustainability, a key aspect for building digital sound archives in Latin America

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Perla Olivia
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Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas y de la Información (IIBI) UNAM
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More than a decade in Latin America began to alert of the risk of loss of sound heritage. Since then, sound archives have become little notorious in some countries of this region. They have created institutions, initiated digitization projects of sound collections, driven forum for reflection and exchange of ideas, have even been begun research areas in universities. Despite this progress, there remains in most of the countries of Latin America, the risk of loss of sound heritage.
This situation joins that the documents which have been digitalized everyday are accumulated and thus becomes more difficult their administration, management, preservation and access. The sound archivists in Latin America are facing a new concept that has been introduced in recent years: the digital archive. The creation, development and permanence of the digital audio archives is an area little addressed in the region. Ie it is not known how to build, operate and maintain a long-term digital sound archive to preserve both digitized documents as those whose origin is digital.
The permanence of digital sound archives in the long term encounters the lack of financial resources, lack of continuity in in the activities of the archive, change of trained personnel, technological obsolescence of equipment, but especially with the lack of understanding of what is a digital archive.
Therefore, it is necessary to focus on developing a sustainable vision for digital preservation of sound archives in Latin America. The paper will develop the aspects to create the basis for a model of sustainable digital preservation for Latin America. Thus, recovering the slogan IASA Annual Conference: one for all, all for one; will reflect that without the cooperation and collaboration of archives, institutions, professionals, experts and international organizations, will be impossible to preserve for the future sounds of yesterday and today.