1st International Workshop

Digital Philology for the Preservation of Sound Archives

17 September 2015 - Piazzola sul Brenta, Italy


Thank you to the speakers, the participants and the colleagues who have made this experience possible! We will keep you posted on the deliverables!


Social dinner 18 Sept. 2015

Workshop video (published Oct. 19th 2015):




Welcome to the 1st International Workshop on Digital Philology for the Preservation of Sound Archives.

The Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, 17th of September 2015 at the magnificent Villa Contarini – Fondazione G.E. Ghirardi, in Piazzola sul Brenta, near Padova, Italy.

This Workshop brings together world-renown experts in the fields of archival science and computer science in order to discuss the importance of digital philology in the preservation of sound heritage.
Watch William Storm talk about his keynote lectureMore videos:

Read the abstract of the keynote lecture by William Storm

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G. Brock-Nannestad

B. Declercq

M. Leman

The Workshop will be followed by an open call for papers for a Special Issue of the international Journal of New Music Research on Digital Philology for the Preservation of Sound Archives. The publication is expected in early 2017. Guest editors: Federica Bressan and Sergio Canazza.

The Workhop is part of the EXPO Veneto 2015.

What is digital philology?
It is a good question. In fact, it is the question. The scientific literature about digital philology is currently scarce, and so is the communication on this matter between archivists, programmers, IT managers, philologists, linguists, musicologists and those who are interested by the patrimony of recorded sound for scientific and professional reasons.

The Workshop (IPPSA 2015) aims at starting a systematic discussion that will hopefully lead to the formalisation of an interdisciplinary research area, namely that of "digital philology", with a specific focus on the preservation and restoration of historical audio recordings.


Historical tapes carry invaluable information about past events: we should care about respecting their authenticity more than the amount of tapes we can digitize in a day.

In collaboration with:

And with the patronage of:


Regione Veneto Provincia di Padova Città di Piazzola sul Brenta