May 17, 2022

Listen Up: Library of Congress Expecting to Double Digital Content Available From National Jukebox of Historical Recordings

Yesterday, the Library of Congress published a Special Notice that shares some info about how the National Jukebox of Historic Recordings will double in size during 2014-2015.

LC is planning to issue a sole source order to Brooklyn-based ProperlySorted who LC has  been contracting with since 2010 to develop and maintain the database and National Jukebox web site.

The Special Notice includes a draft of a Statement of Work with some details about what’s planned. We’ve embedded the full text below.

From the Statement of Work

In 2014 -2015 MBRS [Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division] expects to double the digital content available through the site to 20,000 sound recordings, including the addition of recordings produced by Columbia and Edison. The vendor [ProperlySorted] will be required to support this significant addition of new metadata in the database as well as the development of new features and capabilities to improve the website.

Selected Requirements

Continue to update the structure of the MySQL database used to control National Jukebox workflow and descriptive metadata to include additional fields as required by Library of Congress staff.

Enable the addition of new discographic data to the database to facilitate the control of Jukebox workflow and descriptive metadata. The National Jukebox currently includes only recordings issued by Victor Records.  The expansion of Jukebox content in 2013 and 2014 by LC will include thousands of recordings from the Columbia, Okeh, Brunswick, Berliner, and Edison recording companies, requiring updates and enhancements across the application.

National Jukebox Draft Statement of Work LCLSC14Q0025

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