27.06.2019 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

UNESCO Participates in an International Conference on Digital Archiving

On 10–12 June 2019, UNESCO’s partner the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts organized an International Conference on Digital Archiving, in collaboration with CoRSAL and the University of North Texas. The objective of the workshop was to highlight the importance of preserving fragile local oral and documentary traditions, particularly those of North-East India.

UNESCO took part in the Conference, with Mr Hezekiel Dlamini, UNESCO’s Advisor (Communication and Information) for South Asia delivering the opening address as the Guest of Honour. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Dlamini emphasized the importance of preserving intangible and documentary heritage, given their key role in shaping history and identity. Warning against the fragility of unscripted oral traditions, Mr Dlamini said, ‘Currently these traditions are at great risk of extinction if they continue undocumented and unpreserved.’ He also drew attention to UNESCO’s work in the field of preserving documentary heritage, and the capacity development of preservation professionals.

Attended by around 200 librarians, archivists, linguists, curators, and experts on technologies for language preservation, the International Conference focused principally on the digital preservation of the oral, tribal and performative traditions of the Tibeto-Burman languages of India’s north-east. The Conference included a hands-on workshop on techniques of digital conservation for young professionals from the field of documentary preservation and library and information sciences (LIS).

 




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