Events and activities that have involved UNESCO PERSIST and UNESCO Preservation Sub-Committee


UNESCO 2nd Memory of the World Global Policy Forum, 21-22 September 2021, UNESCO HQ, Paris.


Programme includes contributions from the UNESCO PERSIST and MoW Preservation Sub-Committee:

  • Presentation: Towards Building an International Policy Agenda for the Preservation of Analogue and Digital Documentary Heritage: Issues for DRR, by Natasa Milic-Frayling, Chair, UNESCO PERSIST Technology & Research Working Group, 21 September 2021
  • Panel: New Challenges and Proactive role of documentary heritage: Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, 22 September 2021.
  • Panelists from the Preservation Sub-Committee:
    • New challenges on preservation of documentary heritage and its possible proactive role. Lai-Tee Phang, Chair of Preservation Sub-Committee
    • Sustainable Information on Nuclear Waste as Disaster Prevention: on the Participation of MoW, Jonas Palm, Preservation Sub-Committee
    • The Magnetic Tape Alert Project; Completing the picture of highly endangered original documents, Dietrich Schüller.
  • Full event recordings are available on YouTube.


UNESCO Virtual Policy Dialogue (VPD)  27 October 2020.

The Policy Dialogue aims to build an international policy agenda for digital preservation of documentary heritage. Zoom event (flyer). It included two 90 minute sessions at 8am CET and 5pm CET, 27 October 2020.

VPD  Programme with session recordings.


On 5 September 2021, UNESCO released a report on the outcomes of the Policy dialogue: Documentary heritage at risk: Policy gaps in digital preservation. Outcomes of the UNESCO Policy Dialogue.


Report download: documentary_heritage_at_risk_policy_gaps_in_digital_preservation_en

#WeMissiPRES online conference, 22-24 September 2020.


David Fricker, Lai Tee Phang and Robert Buckley, informed about the UNESCO Virtual Policy Dialogue on Digital Preservation on the Digital Preservation for Documentary Heritage at Risk event (scheduled for 27 October 2020).


2nd Inter-regional Conference for the UNESCO MoW: Preserving & Providing Access to Digital Heritage, 5-8 November 2019, Gwangju, Republic of Korea.


  • Presentation on the Executive Guide on Digital Preservation by Lai-Tee Phang, Deputy Director of the National Archives of Singapore and member of the PERSIST project. The guide is a result of a collaboration between the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and the Policy Working Group of the PERSIST project of the UNESCO MoW Programme.
  • Presentation by Ingrid Parent, Chair of the UNESCO PERSIST Content & Best Practices Working Group, on the Guidelines for the Selection of Digital Heritage for Long-term Preservation.


World Library and Information Congress (IFLA/WLIC 2018) 27 August 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


PERSIST presentation about Planning digital preservation: in for the long run.


Workshop of the UNESCO PERSIST Content and Best Practices Working Group.

Held at the German National Library in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 23-24 February 2017.

Unesco PERSIST Programme regarding digital sustainability PERSIST Ambassadors Lunch, February 2017.


iPRES 2016, October 2016


How can the UNESCO PERSIST Programme bring about Digital Sustainability through Legacy Software Services? – PERSIST Workshop.

Software Sustainability And Preservation: Implications For Long-term Access To Digital Heritage – PERSIST Panel.


4th Annual Conference of the International Council of Archives (ICA) 13 October 2014, Girona, Spain. Report on Evaluation of Strategies of Digital Preservation & UNESCO’s Role in Facing the Technical Challenges.

Margriet van Gorsel, Michiel Leenaars, Natasa Milic-Frayling & Jonas Palm: Evaluation and Strategies of Digital Preservation & UNESCO’s Role in Facing the Technical Challenges (October 2014)

Report from the PERSIST session at WLIC, Lyon (3 August 2014)  A special session at the 2014 IFLA/WLIC conference in Lyon, in which the position paper on selection in the digital age was discussed. 

Titia van der Werf & Bram van der Werf: The paradox of selection in the digital age (August 2014).


A Digital Roadmap for Long‐Term Access to Digital Heritage Conference organized by UNESCO, ICA and IFLA in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 5 and 6 December 2013. Executive summary | Full report

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