Sal Martirano Digital Archive

Salvatore Giovanni Martirano, internationally acclaimed American composer and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, was my father. In 2008 my family dedicated his collected artistic works and papers to Creative Commons and began transitioning their care to the Center for American Music at the University of Illinois Archives. This process prompted a project to digitize this collection into a flexible, searchable, on-line digital archive. In managing the various phases of this project, it has been my pleasure to work with image and video archivist Matthew Benkert, audio archivist Ken Beck and copyright lawyer Michael Antoline. This 20,000+ item collection encompasses audio-tapes, films, videos, photos, documents, musical scores, letters, computer files and computer code. These items were transferred from a variety of analog formats into hi-resolution digital representations, quality control measurements applied, classified and meta-data tagged and stored in a searchable database. A flexible web-based interface is now under production to serve up these digital objects. This web-interface and database system has been designed to consume other properly organized and meta-data tagged digital collections which have emerged as candidates during this process.

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