To raise awareness about the problem of digital amnesia and the PERSIST solution the Dutch Ambassador to UNESCO, H.E. Lionel Veer, convened an Ambassadors lunch on 24 February 2017. Twelve UNESCO Member States were represented, including Australia, Canada, India, France and Qatar.
During the lunch PERSIST was introduced by Prof. Natasa Milic-Frayling from the Nottingham University in the UK. She chairs the PERSIST Technology and Research Working Group and worked 17 years as a senior researcher for Microsoft.
Video: Prof. Natasa Milic-Frayling introducing PERSIST
Next step: political endorsement
Several Ambassadors called for political endorsement for UNESCO’s PERSIST Programme. The Dutch Delegation will coordinate efforts in this direction with UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector headed by Assistant-Director General Frank Larue.
UNESCO PERSIST is an initiative that addresses digital amnesia – and its remedy digital sustainability – globally. As the UN organization for documentary heritage, communication and information, UNESCO is uniquely positioned to coordinate this effort. PERSIST started in 2012 as a part of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme for the preservation of documentary heritage.
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