The Swiss Foundation Public Domain is a charitable organization under the supervision of the Federal Department of Home Affairs. The foundation is specialized in the conservation and utilization of public domain music and film material. We see our mission as rescuing recordings from past decades, produced on sensitive and easily damaged materials, from deterioration and potential oblivion. Our first goal is to have gramophone records and motion pictures, which are an invaluable resource, transformed into longterm readable and usable data files by expert staff, using state of the art procedures (such as FLAC and Theora). Our second goal is the investigation of the copyright status, the cataloging of the description of any work in our database and the upload to Wikimedia Commons.
Under the working title "Public Domain Project" exists since 2009 the digitizing project which is supported by WMCH and WMDE. This project, including the MediaWiki and the archives, is available to everyone.
February 2013: The supervision of the foundation is now up to the Federal Department of Home Affairs
May 2013: The Swiss Foundation Public Domain is now officially a charitable organization (tax exempt) in Switzerland
August 2013: We attend at the Wikimania 2013 in Hong Kong. The result is a partnership with a digitization project in Uruguay
January 2014: The Public Domain Project is actively supported by Wikimedia CH in 2014
February 2014: Integration of the digitization project in the CD recording of the SOS-ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich)
April 2014: Dominio Público Sonoro Uruguay becomes the official representative of the Public Domain Project in South America
July 2014: Start of the digitization of the Martin Osterwalder collection. WMCH financed an employee with Asperger syndrome and the SOS-ETH is sponsoring a space for the recording studio
August 2014: We attend at the Wikimania 2014 in London. Wikimedia Deutschland gives us a literary grant for the procurement of much needed reference books (Copyright investigation)
September 2014: We attend at WikiCon 2014 in Cologne. Wikimedia CH assumes the cost for another employee with Asperger syndrome. The record cleaning machine is now ready for use. We find a pleasure in the Wiki of Music (WoM) and discuss about a closer cooperation
December 2014: With the Zurich University of the Arts, we move all our servers into the Toni-Areal. We get an additional office and expand to six jobs
April 2015: At the GLAM-WIKI-2015 in The Hague we exchange experiences with other GLAM staff from Belgium to Malawi. WMCH and WMDE struggling with reduced budgets for the projects, therefore our workforce had to be reduced back to one person. At the moment we have no budget to buy the much needed "Reference Books" (e.g. Mainspringpress.com) for the copyright clearance. Without this data the upload to Commons is reduced to a minimum. The head of WMF Grant committee advises us to ask direct by the Wikimedia Foundation for a credit.
June 2015: A very warm welcome to our two new team members: Evelyn Eisenhauer (Management consultant) and James Guyot (Fundraiser)