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The introduction and implementation of measures for greater protection of digital assets is the focus of the UNESCO/UBC Vancouver Declaration, The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation. Adopted by the participants of the international conference held last September in Vancouver (Canada), the Declaration has now been released in its final format in English and French.
More than 500 participants who included heritage professionals, representatives from academia, government and the information field, legal specialists and others debated strategies that can contribute to the introduction or implementation of measures for greater protection of digital assets.
Among its recommendations are:
- a cohesive, conceptual and practical digital strategy to address the management and preservation of recorded information in all its forms in the digital environment;
- digital preservation frameworks and practices for management and preservation;
- an international legal framework of copyright exceptions and limitations to ensure preservation of and access to cultural heritage in digital format;
- closer collaboration among international professional associations and other international bodies to develop academic curricula for digitization and digital preservation, and implement training programmes for management and preservation of digital information;
- multi-stakeholder forum for the discussion of standardization in digitization and digital preservation practices, including the establishment of digital format registries;
- strategies for open government and open data that address the need to create and maintain trust and reliance in digital government records;
- cooperation with the private sector for the development of products that facilitate the long term retention and preservation of information recorded in a digital format.
- Through this conference, UNESCO has shown its leadership in the area of long-term preservation. The challenge will now be to follow up and ensure continued political and intellectual leadership in this field.
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