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Draft resolution on preservation of digital heritage UNESCO General Conference

With apologies for crosspostings.

The Committee on Digital Preservation of the Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL) took the initiative to prepare a draft resolution on the preservation of the digital heritage for the 31st session of the General Conference of UNESCO, which will begin on 15 October 2001. The Dutch Government has now agreed to carry the draft resolution (DR.) and has formulated a final version of the text, as an Amendment to the Draft Programme and Budget for 2002-2003 (31 C/5) (of UNESCO), see http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa/news.html

The European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA) wishes to encourage institutions to gather support for the draft resolution. All those working in the heritage field are aware of the uncertain life-span of digital materials and the extreme complexities involved in keeping born-digital materials accessible over decades or even centuries. This draft resolution is meant to state, loud and clear, what is really at stake and to encourage governments to take action now.

Therefore, if you can agree with the purpose and content of the draft resolution, we would ask you to inform your UNESCO representatives for instance at your national UNESCO Committee and/or Ministry of Culture of this initiative, to convey to them the importance of the issue, and to urge them to support the draft resolution at the UNESCO General Conference next October.

[The CDNL Committee's aim is to promote international concerted actions for permanent access to digital heritage. Chair is Wim van Drimmelen, director of the National Library of the Netherlands; the other members are Jan Fullerton (Director-General of the National Library of Australia) and Winston Tabb (Associate Librarian of the Library of Congress).]

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