Grants talk:PEG/WM UA/Kolessa recordings digitalisation/Report

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Report accepted[edit]

Thank you for this detailed report and congrats on a successful project! We are impressed with what you were able to accomplish, from the safe transport and digitization of 56 historically significant cylinders, to the on-wiki work and presentation at Lviv Conservatory. This is especially applaudable considering the challenging political climate in Ukraine. We appreciate your commitment to the project and intentions to continue promoting it and others like it.

The report mentions several articles have incorporated the recordings - are there additional efforts to get the recordings integrated on other articles or wiki projects? I know we discussed this previously, but are there people interested in further exploring options for increasing the quality of the recordings? Please let us know. Thanks, Alex Wang (WMF) (talk) 22:02, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

Thank you Alex for your support throughout the project. Since I'm also a big supporter of Wikipedia Education Program and I'm trying to make it take off in some Universities in Lviv (the Education Program Extension was recently enabled in Ukrainian Wikipedia), I'll be trying to encourage teachers of ethnomusicology to let their students participate in adding or improving articles on subjects related to these recordings (apart from improving them on my own). The ethnomusicology articles in Ukrainian Wikipedia need specialists to review them and improve. A natural part of it would be adding the recordings to the articles. Additionally, I'm thinking of finding ways of expanding articles in English Wikipedia, perhaps by cooperating with the community of Ukrainian musicians abroad. But I'm not yet exactly sure how to implement the English part best.
As part of the Education Program or not, I'll be trying to find organizations in Ukraine that would be interested in working on denoising these recordings more. There are at least two electronic music studios in Conservatories (Lviv and Kyiv), but I suspect non-musical Universities might also have people who would be interested in this (say, a University where a graduate student might be working on a research/software project considering denoising techniques). I think these recordings are an interesting opportunity to study/develop wax-cylinder-specific denoising techniques, since the raw untouched signal is also available. Also I don't think I'll limit it to only Ukraine. For example, Lviv musical community has connections with Polish musicians, and their electronic music studios are well-developed. Perhaps, they might have some interesting ideas about it too. Or the Ukrainian community in USA and Canada may be interested in finding ways to improve the audio quality. However, I'm not yet sure what is the best way to go about it. --Yury Bulka (talk) 08:25, 19 June 2014 (UTC)