From September 26-28, 2012, ICAS took part along with more than 500 experts from 110 countries met in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to debate the issues related to the digitization of documentary heritage, its long-term preservation and the creation of an enabling environment for facilitation of these tasks.
One of the specific outcomes from this international conference, “Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation,” is to establish a declaration that underlines the importance of establishing digital preservation models, and balance access with privacy of ownership and control of indigenous cultural heritage and traditions.
Thus, I’d like share a preliminary draft of this declaration that can be found on the UNESCO Website.
As UNESCO’s Director-General, Ms. Irina Bokova, so aptly exclaims, “This heritage is fragile; together we must protect it.“
Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed.
The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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