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Just wondering if anyone knows of a SoundCloud alternative suitable for academic use. I'm really looking for something which will allow students to post and contribute sounds to a central site or page. For example a group of students might go on a field recording trip and can then all log in and post the best sounds they recorded. I guess it's personal logins and the ability to invite users to a group where they can share sounds which are important.
I also realise that with Soundcloud you can create groups and have users contribute sounds to the group. The problem with this is that as files are deleted from each account they are removed from the group. I need something which will also works as a record or archive - if you contribute a sound it's stored in the group permanently.
I use a SoundCloud group for my students to share work with their peers and me - I then create a fresh group each year. This is then used to give formative feedback to the student community as a whole. The students then submit the final work on our internal system and I can given them individual summative feedback and archive the submissions. Not sure if this will work for you, but has worked for me for a couple of years now.
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I'm not aware of such a platform or website. But it is a good idea to have this functionality! The least you could do is contact Soundcloud, there really nice, and ask if the have any plans for this or if they might take it under consideration for certain projects/institutes.
Only other thing you could do is ask them if backing up the wav files is possible? A project I run, the Sound of the Netherlands, has this arrangment with Soundcloud.
At least you could host it on your own soundcloud account afterwards.