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In order to assist in meeting the needs of Member States, particularly in developing countries, in the specialized area of archives administration and records management, the Division of the General Information Programme of Unesco has developed a long-term Records and Archives Management Programme - RAMP.

The basic elements of RAMP reflect and contribute to the overall themes of the General Information Programme. RAMP thus includes projects, studies and other activities intended to:

- develop standards, rules, methods and other normative tools for the processing and transfer of specialized information and the creation of compatible information systems;

- enable developing countries to set up their own data bases and to have access to those now in existence throughout the world so as to increase the exchange and flow of information through the application of modern technologies;

- promote the development of specialized regional information networks;

- contribute to the harmonious development of compatible international information services and systems;

- set up national information systems and improve the various components of these systems;

- formulate development policies and plans in this field;

- train information specialists and users and develop the national and regional potential for education and training in the information sciences, library science and archives administration.

The authors deal with the traditional technology used to conserve graphic documents, including the advances which are currently common practice in modern laboratories.

They define conservation, preservation and restoration, laying down the necessary guide-lines for these processes, and refer to graphic elements, supports (cellulose and protein-based) and other complementary aspects (bindings and sigillography). The authors also study the nature and possible causes of alteration, preventive measures and restoration methodology appropriate for each material.

Comments and suggestions regarding this study are welcomed and should be addressed to the Division of the General Information Programme, 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris. Other studies prepared under the RAMP programme may also be obtained at the same address.

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