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Report on digital heritage

From: Yola de Lusenet <ecpa>
Date: Monday, August 6, 2007
Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO and ECPA publish report
on preservation of digital heritage

UNESCO, during the 32nd session of its General Conference in 2003,
adopted the Charter on the Preservation of the Digital Heritage. The
Charter outlines the special characteristics of digital objects that
call for new policies to ensure long-term access to the digital
heritage.

Amongst the many issues that are mentioned in the Charter, two seem
to be especially important: selection of material, and division of
tasks and responsibilities between institutions. Principles and
policies for preserving the digital heritage were discussed at the
international conference of 4-5 November 2005 in The Hague,
organized by the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO and the
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands, as
a follow-up activity to the Charter.

The recent publication contains selected papers of the conference,
which reflect the wide-ranging implications of the digital
environment for our cultural heritage and offers challenging views
of the requirements for its preservation.

Ordering information:

    Preserving the digital heritage: principles and policies
    Yola de Lusenet and Vincent Wintermans (eds)
    ISBN 978-90-6984-523-4

Copies can be ordered from the ECPA Secretariat at the address below
or through <URL:http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa/>. The price is 40 euros,
exclusive of postage and handling.

You will also find the report free of charge as a PDF file at

    <URL:http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa>
and
    <URL:http://www.unesco.nl/main_6-3.php>

Anne Muller
European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA)
c/o Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
PO Box 19121, NL-1000 GC
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 551 08 39
Fax: +31 20 620 49 41


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