UNESCO Persist Project: Digital Sustainability Guidelines
News, Museums in a Digital World, Cultural Creativity, Museum Management, Collection Mobility | 25.05.2016
THE PERSIST Project recently published guidelines for the selection of digital heritage for long-term preservation and is looking for feedback on the guideline implementation.
Seven authors from libraries, archives and museums drafted the "UNESCO/PERSIST guidelines for the selection of digital heritage for long-term preservation". The aim of the guidelines is to provide a starting point for institutions (museums, archives and libraries) to draft their own digital heritage selection policy or assess and revise existing policies if required. As the lifespan of digital heritage is limited it is important to identify significant digital heritage and intervene early to ensure long-term preservation. Additionally, the diversity of digital heritage between communities, regions and countries, makes engagement and cooperation of the public and the private sectors, as well as content creators necessary. All of these aspects are considered in the guidelines, which are available in English, French and Arabic.
The project creators would like to know if institutions are using the Guidelines for their own digital heritage selection policy or if they are thinking of using them. Experiences, success stories, recommendations and advice are welcome to be sent to Julia Brungs from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) at firstname.lastname@example.org.