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Filip Šír

National Museum, Prague
Sound Documents Manager
Prague, The Capital, Czech Republic
Filip Šír joined the National Museum in Prague, the Czech Republic in 2015 after his work for The Moravian Library in Brno when he established Moravian Library's sound digitization lab with specialization to phonograph records. Now, he is building new sound labs for National Museum and preparing a digitization strategy of sound documents in the Czech Republic. In cooperation with private collector Gabriel Gössel, Filip published a discography about first Czech record label company ESTA and two new publications focused on the sound industry - Recorded Sound in Czech Lands, 1900-1946, and Grammar of gramophone record labels: an aid for cataloguing historical records from 1900 to 1946. Further, together with colleagues from Brno, he prepared a recommendation on digitizing gramophone records for Czech memory institutions. In cooperation with Masaryk University in Brno, he leads collecting information on old sound recordings collections in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The aim is to incorporate them into the Virtual National Phonotheque Portal. Now he is leading group of people and institutions in new research project New Phonograph: Listening to the History of Sound focused on preservation of phonograph cylinders and records. Besides, he leads the group of people dealing with issues of audio documents in the Czech Republic. Filip is kind of pathfinder of sound documents preservation in his country.