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UNESCO calls for nominations for Memory of the World International Register: UNESCO-CI (3.01b)
UNESCO is inviting new nomination proposals for inscription on its Memory of the World International Register, a list of library and archives collections of world significance, which was established in 1992 to preserve and promote documentary heritage of universal value. The proposals will be examined by an international experts committee, probably in June 2005.
Nominations should ideally be submitted through the National Commission for UNESCO or the Memory of the World National Committee in the country where it is located. Proposals should be based on the selection criteria listed in the General Guidelines to Safeguard Documentary Heritage, which stipulates that the most important criterion for inscription on the register is the universal significance of the documentary heritage.
The deadline for the submission of nominations is 30 June 2004 and no late submissions will be accepted. They should be submitted to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Secretariat: by mail accompanied by an electronic version on diskette or CD-ROM (addressed to UNESCO, Memory of the World Programme, Information Society Division, 1, rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France); by e-mail to: email@example.com or via the Internet at: www.unesco.org/webworld/mdm/administ/en/nomination_form_en.html
Since the nominations are posted on the Programme’s Web site, illustrations such as photographs or slides (TIFF, GIF, JPEG formats), and sound recordings (real-media) should be included in the submission. As the images submitted may often be used by the Memory of the World Secretariat in publicity material, an authorization for their reuse for non-profit purposes should also be included.
At present, a total of 90 collections from 45 countries are inscribed on the International Register of the Memory of the World Programme. The Programme, set up by UNESCO ten years ago to preserve and promote documentary heritage, much of which is endangered, helps networks of experts to exchange information and raise resources for preservation, digitization and dissemination of documentary material. Inscription on the Register is determined by the International Advisory Committee (IAC), a body of 14 leading specialists appointed by the Director-General.