About LARM

LARM Audio Research Archive is an interdisciplinary project, the goal of which is the production of a digital infrastructure to facilitate researchers’ access to the Danish radiophonic cultural heritage.

The LARM project is a collaboration between a number of research and cultural institutions: The University of Copenhagen, Roskilde University, The University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University, Aarhus University, The Royal School of Library and Information Science, The Danish Broadcasting Corperation, The State and University Library, Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation, Kolding School of Design and The Museum of Media.

The main purpose of LARM is to establish a digital archive with the appropriate tools and a bibliography to enable researchers to search and describe the many recordings of the radiophonic cultural heritage. Radio has played an important role in Danish lives and, today, radio broadcasts form an invaluable, yet untapped, source to Danish culture and history. LARM Audio Research Archive will allow access to thousands of hours of national and local radio broadcasts from 1925 and onwards and thus prepare them for future research.

The goal is to establish a platform that will allow researchers and university students the ability to stream sound to their own computers directly from the digital archive, which at the conclusion of the project will contain more than one million hours of sound.

User driven innovation is a key element in LARM. The infrastructure and its interface are based on user needs and are developed in close collaboration between technicians, cultural researchers and designers. The technology is tested in a series of cases where radio broadcasts are analyzed from a variety of perspectives. These research projects deliver feedback to the development of digital audio search and audio description tools in both effectual and innovative ways. Furthermore, technicians and cultural researchers work together on the development of digital tools for audio analysis and new formats for the communication of research in radiophonic cultural heritage.

The project is made possible by a grant of 3,35 million Euros from The National Programme for Research Infrastructure. The project will continue until June 30, 2013.
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PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Jacob Kreutzfeldt

Department of Arts and Cultural Studies
Copenhagen University
jacobk@hum.ku.dk

Bente Larsen
Department of Arts and Cultural Studies
Copenhagen University
bentelar@hum.ku.dk
tel: +45 51489374

Jacob Thøgersen
LANCHART
Copenhagen University
jthoegersen@hum.ku.dk

Frederik Tygstrup
Department of Arts and Cultural Studies
Copenhagen University
frederik@hum.ku.dk