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Open web audio application with semantics

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Telemeta is a free and open source web audio archiving software which introduces useful and secure methods to backup, index, transcode, analyse and publish any digitalized audio file with extensive metadata. It is dedicated to collaborative media archiving projects, research laboratories and digital humanities - and especially in ethnomusicological use cases - who wants to easily organize, backup and publish documented sound collections of audio files, CDs, digitalized vinyls and magnetic tapes over a strong database, in accordance with open web standards.

Key features:

  • Secure archiving, editing and publishing of audio files over internet.
  • Pure HTML web user interface including dynamical forms and smart workflows
  • Smart dynamical and skinnable audio player (thanks to TimeSide and SoundManager2)
  • “On the fly” audio analyzing, transcoding and metadata embedding based on an easy plugin architecture
  • Social cumulative indexing with semantic ontologies and timecoded markers
  • Multi-format support : FLAC, OGG, MP3, WAV and more
  • User management with individual desk, lists, profiles and rights
  • Playlist management for all users with CSV data export
  • Geo-Navigator for audio geolocalization
  • High level search engine
  • DublinCore compatibility
  • OAI-PMH data provider
  • RSS feed generators
  • XML and ZIP serialized backups
  • SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL or Oracle DB backends
  • Multi-language support (now english and french)
  • Video support (EXPERIMENTAL, WebM only)

This web audio CMS is exclusively based on open source modules and can be run on any Unix or Linux system. It is mostly written in Python and JavaScript.

The processing engine of Telemeta is a separate project called TimeSide as an open web audio pocessing framework written in Python.



  • Fix geo-navigator lists and pagination
  • Fix item analyses cleanup after file edit
  • Fix performance and keywords copy during item copy
  • Add various annotation mime types (ELAN, Trancriber, Sonic Visualizer)
  • Add arabic translations through Telemeta-locales (thanks to @AnasGhrab)
  • Fix arabic and chinese codes in sandbox
  • Better locale / pages management
  • A better management of RTL for arabic page style


  • Compatible with Django 1.6.x
  • Compatible with TimeSide 0.7.x
  • Huge refactor of all forms, detail and edit views
  • Main styles (buttons, tabs) are now based Bootstrap 3 and JQuery 2.1
  • Update models and views as needed by the CREM
  • New depedencies


  • Drastically improve collection zip packaqe streaming thanks to zipstream (check NEW dependencies)
  • Compatible with TimeSide >= 0.5.2
  • Add URL field to item so that a external sound can be indexed and streamed
  • Add TIMESIDE_AUTO_ZOOM in settings to auto toggle the player in zooming mode
  • Add TIMESIDE_DEFAULT_GRAPHER_ID in settings to select the default grapher in the player
  • Add minor migrations
  • Fix marker display bug

See also the full changelog.


  • a 120 year old ethnomusicologic database,
  • more than 5000 geolocated collections,
  • more than 32000 geolocated items,
  • more than 11000 sounds included
  • 1.5 To of original music files accessible online.
  • started in june 2011
  • original musical instruments recorded for research purposes
  • started in sept. 2012


login: demo password: demo


See INSTALL.rst and for more informations.


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You are welcome to participate to the development of the Telemeta project. The official project site is but you can find a mirror on GitHub.

To get and run the lastest development version:

sudo apt-get install git
git clone
cd Telemeta
git checkout dev
git submodule foreach git fetch --tags
git submodule update --init --recursive
sudo pip install -e .

Bugs and feedback

You are welcome to freely use this application in accordance with its licence. If you find some bugs, PLEASE leave a ticket on this page:

You can also leave some ticket to request some new interesting features for the next versions and tweet your ideas to @telemeta.

And even if Telemeta suits you, please give us some feedback !


CeCILL v2, compatible with GPL v2 (see LICENSE)


The Telemeta project is developed by Parisson. It is sponsored by :

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