UNESCO and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) have collaborated to produce the UNESCO/DPC Executive Guide on Digital Preservation, an online resource for raising awareness of the importance of digital preservation, leading to action to preserve digital assets, including digital documentary heritage, in an institution, organization or government.
The development of the Guide was supported by the UNESCO Memory of the World (MoW) Programme and the MoW PERSIST project and its Policy Working Group, with its focus on the sustainability of the knowledge society.
Using the Guide, practitioners can tailor and customize the message about digital preservation to their specific situation in a language that senior executives and decision-makers can understand and in a way that they can act upon. For example, the Guide describes the key motivators for digital preservation and the related risks and opportunities.
Member States can use the Guide in implementing the digital part of the Recommendation concerning the preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage including in digital form. The Recommendation encourages the use of national legislation, development policies and investments in support of documentary heritage as an asset. The collaboration that produced the Guide has combined the resources of the DPC, the expertise of the Memory of the World PERSIST project and the needs of UNESCO and its Members States.
The Executive Guide is community led, open to all and free to use. Users are encouraged to both use it and contribute to it, as the Guide is intended to be an evolving document. The Guide is currently published in English. UNESCO is planning to make it available in other languages
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