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The Pathway to the Recommendation Concerning the Preservation of, and Access to, Documentary Heritage Including in Digital Form

  • Helen JarvisEmail author
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Part of the Heritage Studies book series (HEST)

Abstract

This chapter goes behind the scenes to discuss the evolution of the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Preservation of, and Access to, Documentary Heritage including in Digital Form and to highlight some of the major issues discussed over the preceding 3 years as to the best way to lift the visibility of the Memory of the World Programme (MoW) and to enable it to reach its full potential. Major points debated included:
  • Would the objectives of MoW be best advanced by either remaining as a Programme or by being more formally constituted through one of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)‘s normative instruments? If the latter, should it be a Recommendation or a Convention?

  • To what extent should the preservation of digital documents be highlighted?

  • Should any normative instrument focus on the MoW Programme or should it have a wider perspective on the roles and obligations of a range of bodies including UNESCO as a whole as well as NGOs, memory institutions, and indeed the governments of UNESCO’s 195 Member States?

This chapter reviews the debates around these questions, eventually resolved in the final text of the Recommendation, adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2015.

Keywords

UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Preservation of and Access to Documentary Heritage including in Digital Form Documentary heritage Normative instruments Digital documents Experts meetings 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific Register Sub-CommitteePhnom PenhCambodia

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