IFLA Congress and the Unesco PERSIST Project

From 15 to 21 August the 81th IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) took place in Cape Town. The traditional UNESCO session at the WLIC was devoted to the work of the PERSIST project. More specifically to the Guidelines for the Selection of Digital Content for Long-Term Digital Preservation, that are currently written by a team of international experts from the world of libraries, archives and museums. The session was chaired by Mr Getachew Engida, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General and member of the PERSIST Steering Committee.

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The meeting afforded the Guideline writers with a good opportunity to explain the project to the library community and to harvest reactions for the experts in Cape Town. Issues covered in the meeting were the question of costs, audiovisual collections, industry involvement and metadata.  A review group was gathered that will comment on the evolving Guidelines at a later stage.

Read the report of the Unesco Session

Read the Draft Guidelines



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