Digital preservation: preserving heritage and protecting civil rights

Digital preservation: preserving heritage and protecting civil rights 

Issues concerning the management and preservation of digital information were examined at the international conference, “The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation,” held in Vancouver (Canada) in September 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme.

The participants adopted a series of recommendations to ensure the durability and reliability of digital records, whose importance has grown in keeping with the growth of digitally generated information. These measures also reflect increased awareness of the crucial legal and technical problems of preserving digital records and data—including audio and video documents.

In October 2012, Dr Anne Thurston (UK), founder and Director of the International Records Management Trust, a keynote speaker at the conference, shared her views on some of the crucial issues for digital preservation and their civil and human rights implications.

Source: Unesco

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