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21 November 2013

UNESCO CALLS FOR NOMINATIONS FOR MEMORY OF THE WORLD INTERNATIONAL REGISTER

UNESCO is inviting new nomination proposals for inscription on its Memory of the World International Register.

UNESCO launched the Memory of the World Programme to guard against collective amnesia calling upon the preservation of the valuable archive holdings and library collections all over the world ensuring their wide dissemination. The Programme is intended to protect documentary heritage, and helps networks of experts to exchange information and raise resources for preservation of and access to documentary material.

More details are available at the UNESCO website.

 

27 October 2013

MANDER JONES AWARDS

Two of the Australian Memory of the World Committee members, Adrian Cunningham and Anne-Marie Conde, were recognised in the Mander Jones Awards ceremony at the Australian Society of Archivists Conference in Canberra on 15 October:
 
In Category 5:

- Anne-Marie Conde "A 'gift to the nation': the diaries and notebooks of CEW Bean" Archives & Manuscripts, Vol. 39, No. 2, November 2011, pp. 45-65
- Highly commended: Adrian Cunningham, recognising his contribution to archival and recordkeeping literature in 2011.

In 1996 the Society introduced the awards for publications in the field of archives and recordkeeping. This award honours Phyllis Mander Jones who, amongst other contributions to the profession, authored Manuscripts in the British Isles relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, in 1972. Jones was also the first Corresponding Secretary of the Archives Section of the Library Association of Australia (the section eventually handed over its records and activities to the Australian Society of Archivists, at the foundation of the Society in 1975) and she co-edited the first issue of the Society’s journal Archives and Manuscripts.

 

10 June 2013

DR MICHAEL PEARSON AWARDED AO

Dr Michael Pearson, chairman of the Institute of Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts in the ANU's Research School of Humanities, and a speaker at the UNESCO Memory of the World Symposium at ANU on 24 April this year, has been awarded an AO in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. This recognises his heritage work and in particular his role in the successful nomination of the Sakubei Yamamoto records from Japan to the UNESCO Memory of the World international register.

Read more about Dr Pearson's work in this article written by John Thistleton and published today by the Canberra Times.

The initial focus of this report is on the part he played in the successful nomination and the benefits to Tagawa City, where the records are held, that have resulted from this. Dr Pearson continues to work towards having the mining heritage of Japan inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

 

1 June 2013

SUCCESSFUL INSCRIPTION CEREMONY

A very successful inscription ceremony was held at the Mortlock Chamber of the State Library of South Australia on Tuesday 14 May 2013

Guest speaker, author Jared Thomas, presented inscription certificates to representatives from the organisations responsible for the custodianship of the documentary heritage material described in the 11 new inscriptions to the  UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register

Photos of the event are now available

 

17 April 2013

NATIONAL HISTORY CHALLENGE

UNESCO Australian Memory of the World (AMW) is proud to sponsor this year’s National History Challenge for Australian Students.

The National History Challenge is an exciting research-oriented contest that encourages students to use inquiry-based learning to discover more about the past. Students become the historians. They can investigate their own community and family background and explore ideas throughout history. The competition gives students a chance to research Australian and world history, with an emphasis on rewarding quality research, the use of community resources and effective presentation.

The theme for 2013 is “Legends, Fact and History”, and AMW has sponsored the special prize category of Migration and Human Rights.

The National History Challenge is run annually by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia. For further information please refer to www.historyteacher.org.au and www.historychallenge.org.au or contact Dr Roslyn Russell (email: russell598@hotmail.com)

 

8 February 2013

SHARING EXPERIENCE IN VIETNAM

To take a further step in implementing MOW activities, The State Records and Archives Department of Viet Nam organized the International Workshop-Seminar Sharing experience on participating in UNESCO's Memory of the World Program

The International Workshop-Seminar brought together nearly one hundred participants from the archives, libraries, museums and institutions of Viet Nam, including the custodians of documentary heritage inscribed on MOW registers.

MOWCAP article covering the event

UNESCO article covering the event

 

16 January 2013

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: UNESCO/JIKJI MEMORY OF THE WORLD PRIZE

UNESCO is inviting nominations for the fifth award of the UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize.

Funded by the Republic of Korea, the prize was created to commemorate the inscription on the Memory of the World Register of the Buljo jikji simche yojeol - the world's oldest known book printed with moveable metal type - and to contribute to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage as a common heritage of humanity.

The invitation is extended to all Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions, as well as to international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) maintaining official relations with UNESCO and whose work is in the field of preservation and conservation of documentary heritage.

Nominations should be submitted by 28 February 2013.

For more information, please consult the UNESCO media release: UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize

 

11 September 2012

MOWCAP MEETS NEW UNESCO ADVISER IN BANGKOK

The Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP) held a briefing session on 31 August at UNESCO’s Bangkok Office on the occasion of the appointment of the new UNESCO Advisor for Communication and Information, Rosa Gonzalez.

During the briefing, Committee members discussed the outcomes of the 5th MOWCAP General meeting held in May this year as well as current MOWCAP projects, such as online presence, complementary approaches to cultural heritage safeguarding and the MOW structure and regulations.

From Australia, Ray Edmondson (Chair of MOWCAP) and Andrew Scarvell attended. Also in attendance was the UNESCO Goodwill Patron and Chair of the Thai National MOW Committee, Dr M. R. Rujaya Abhakorn.

UNESCO media release: MOWCAP meets new UNESCO Adviser

 

16 July 2012

PAPERS FROM MEMORY OF THE WORLD EXPERTS MEETING IN WARSAW, POLAND, 8-10 MAY 2012

Papers delivered at the Memory of the World (MoW) Programme experts’ meeting held in Warsaw, Poland, from 8 to 10 May 2012 are now available from UNESCO's website.

The meeting, which was held as part of the commemorations for the 20th Anniversary of the MoW Programme, was organised by UNESCO and hosted by the Government of Poland. Its general purpose was to bring together experts from around the world to study the current status and operation of the Memory of the World Programme and make recommendations concerning its future to the 190th session of the Executive Board in October 2012.

It was attended by 50 experts covering different geographic areas and professional expertise, containing a blend of representatives of the different structures of the Programme on international, regional and national levels, practitioners, academics and national authorities. Australia was well represented with Ros Russell attending as Chair of the International Advisory Committee of the Programme, Ray Edmondson, as Chair of the Asia Pacific Regional Committee and Jan Lyall, as Chair of the Australian Committee. Ros and Ray are also members of the Australian Committee.

 

27 JUNE 2012

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - UNESCO AUSTRALIAN MEMORY OF THE WORLD REGISTER 2013

Now is the time to start thinking about nominating your significant documentary heritage to the Australian Memory of the World Register.

Nominations for the next round close on 30 October 2012, and successful inscriptions will be announced publicly in May 2013.

Nominations can be for individual documents or collections, and can be made by institutions or individuals.

All the information you need can be found on the “How to Nominate” page on the Australian Memory of the World website.

If you need additional information call Dr Roslyn Russell – 0421 311 369

 

17 MAY 2012

F E WILLIAMS NOMINATION SUCCESSFULLY INSCRIBED AT MOWCAP MEETING IN BANGKOK

The F E Williams Photographic Collection, a joint nomination from the National Archives of Australia, National Archives of Papua New Guinea and the South Australian Museum, has been inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP). Certificates for the successful nominators were presented in Bangkok, where the biennial MOWCAP meeting is being held.

The F E Williams Collections documents the life and work of anthropologist Francis Edgar Williams (1893 – 1943). Williams was assistant government anthropologist and government anthropologist in the Australian Territory of Papua, from 1922 until his death. Williams' collection – consisting of almost 2000 glass plate photographs and negatives – is dispersed between the National Archives of Australia, the National Archives of Papua New Guinea, and the South Australian Museum. The collection is of outstanding significance for its depiction of Australia's administering role in Papua in the 1920s and 1930s, and of first contact with a culture scarcely known to the western world.

Here is a photograph from the Collection.

Here is a media release from National Archives of Australia.

 

19 APRIL 2012

PROMOTIONAL PRESENTATION ON THE MEMORY OF THE WORLD

Committee member Tania Cleary has prepared a Powerpoint presention on the Memory of the World Program, which features some of the treasures on the International Register.

 

 

14 April 2012

MEMORY OF THE WORLD TURNS 20

 

This year UNESCO’s Memory of the World (MoW) Programme is celebrating its 20th anniversary. UNESCO will be organizing activities throughout the year to raise awareness of this important milestone, starting with the formal launch of the celebration campaign on 2 April 2012.

 

In her message on the occasion of the Programme anniversary, the Chair of the Memory of the World International Advisory Committee Roslyn Russell underlines the significance of the world’s documentary heritage and the importance of its preservation.  Here is the full text of Roslyn's message.

The National Library of Australia News has published an article by Roslyn Russell The UNESCO Memory of the
World Programme turns 20
in its June 2012 issue.

 

5 April 2012

ARTICLE IN ON LINE OPINION BY TANIA CLEARY

Committee Member Tania Cleary has had an article published in the online journal On Line Opinion titled "Asian Century or Asian Millennium?" in which she refers to the work of the Memory of the World Program.

 

2 February 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS - MEMORY OF THE WORLD CONFERENCE ON DIGITIZATION AND PRESERVATION

UNESCO has called for papers for an international conference from 26 to 28 September 2012 in Vancouver (BC) Canada, to explore the main issues affecting the preservation of digital documentary heritage, in order to develop strategies that will contribute to greater protection of digital assets and help to define an implementation methodology that is appropriate for developing countries, in particular.

Full details are at http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CI/CI/pdf/mow/call_for_papers_mow_digital_age_en.pdf

 

25 November 2011

UNESCO EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTS NEW CHAIRPERSON

UNESCO’s Executive Board has elected Alissandra Cummins of Barbados as its Chairperson for 2012-2013. Ms Cummins, an acclaimed authority on Caribbean heritage, museum development and art, received 53 votes from the 58-member Board. Four countries abstained, and another was absent.

Alissandra Cummins has a long association with UNESCO. From 2004 to 2010 she served as President of the International Council of Museums, a leading UNESCO partner in cultural activities. A widely published author, she has also held high-level posts on a number of key UNESCO committees, including the World Heritage Committee and the International Advisory Committee for the Memory of the World Programme. Since 1985 she has held the position of Director of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society.

UNESCO’s Executive Board oversees the execution of the programme adopted by the General Conference. It meets twice a year.

 

26 October 2011

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR MOWCAP REGISTER

Nominations of documentary heritage to the Asia Pacific Memory of the World Register are presently open.

The Register works on a biennial calendar and nominations for the current intake close on 30 November 2011. The nomination form and  other details can be found at
http://www.unesco.mowcap.org/nominations.htm
and to help you prepare nominations you can read the new MOW Companion at
http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CI/CI/pdf/mow/Register%20Companion.pdf

Nominations will be researched by the MOWCAP Register Subcommittee, and will be presented for decision at the next MOWCAP General Meeting, which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, in March 2012.

For further information, please contact Ray Edmondson (ray@archival.com.au) or the Chair of the MOWCAP Register Subcommittee, Dr Rujaya Abhakorn (rujaya2000@yahoo.com)

 

24 October 2011

DEED OF SETTLEMENT FEATURES IN INNOVATIVE DISPLAY

The Deed of Settlement of the South Australia Company (inscribed on the Australian Memory of the World Register in 2004) has formed part of a large scale audiovisual installation in the Port Festival 2011 on 8-9 October.  You can see the Deed at http://inhabited.illuminart.com.au/380

 

24 October 2011

CALLS FOR NOMINATIONS FOR MEMORY OF THE WORLD INTERNATIONAL REGISTER 2012/13

UNESCO is inviting new nomination proposals for inscription on its Memory of the World International Register, a list of library collections and archive holdings of world significance, which was established in 1997 to promote documentary heritage of universal value. 

Full details can be found at http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/resources/news-and-in-focus-articles/all-news/news/calls_for_new_nominations_for_memory_of_the_world_international_register-6/

 

1 June 2011

NATIONAL ARCHIVES NAMED AS WINNER OF THE 2011 UNESCO/JIKJI PRIZE

UNESCO has announced the National Archives of Australia as the laureate of the 2011 UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize for its work, which includes publications and innovative initiatives in the preservation of digital records.

The US$30,000 Prize, wholly funded by the Republic of Korea, is awarded every two years to individuals or institutions that have made significant contributions to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage.

The NAA has announced it will use the Prize to fund a paid work experience placement for a student of conservation, as an investment in the future of documentary heritage preservation.

The Prize-giving ceremony will take place in Cheongju City (Republic of Korea) on 2 September.

 

4 April 2011

NEW INSCRIPTIONS ON THE AUSTRALIAN MEMORY OF THE WORLD REGISTER

At a function on Friday 1 April at the Allport Library, State Library of Tasmania, the Australian Memory of the World Committee announced the inscription of three new items on the Australian Memory of the World Register: William Buelow Gould’s Sketchbook of Fishes, the Sydney Theatre Playbill of 1796 and the Minute Books of Pre-Federation Australian Trade Unions.

Richard Flanagan, author of Gould's Book of Fish, spoke at the reception about his work and the Register, and paid a special tribute to Tasmanian archivists, curators and librarians.  A record of his speech is published here.

Photos of the presentation of Certificates of Inscription.

 

17 March 2011

MEMORY OF THE WORLD IN HOBART

The UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Program will be conducting two events in association with the State Library of Tasmania on Friday 1 April. The first will be an afternoon workshop led by Ray Edmondson and Bob Pymm from the Memory of the World Committee, aimed at institutions that may be interested in nominating a document or a collection for the Australian Memory of the World Register. Following the Workshop, there will be a Reception at the State Library to announce the 2011 inscriptions to the Register.

For further information about the Workshop and the Reception, please contact Caroline Homer on caroline.homer[at]education.tas.gov.au

 

19 January 2011

AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY OF ARCHIVISTS REGISTER OF DISASTER AFFECTED ARCHIVES AND ORGANISATIONS

The ASA is compiling a register of disaster affected archives and organisations in Australia. This register covers archival collections, current business records of organisations and the control and other records used to manage collections (for example: archival management systems, finding aids and recordkeeping systems).
The information from the Register of Disaster Affected Archives and Organisations in Australia (‘the Register’) will be used to assist Blue Shield Australia (www.blueshieldaustralia.org.au and www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Shield-Australia/) in determining the most effective response from the cultural heritage community in Australia. ALIA has already started a similar register for the library sector. This register is available at www.alia.org.au/disasterrecovery/.
The ASA will publish a summary of the Register on its website (www.archivists.org.au). The full register will be used by the ASA to inform the ASA Council as it plans its support for the archival and recordkeeping community in response to the current situation and for ongoing support in the event of other natural disasters. It will also be an invaluable resource in formulating the ASA’s and broader sector’s contribution to the various inquiries relating to the recent disasters.
If your archives or organisation has been recently affected by a disaster or you know of an organisation or archive that has been recently affected by a disaster, please let us know so we can add their details to the Register.
You may email your responses to events@archivists.org.au (with a cc to Jackie@cims.com.au)
The details we are seeking are brief and cover the following:
• The name of the organisation or archival collection (to be published)
• Contact name, email, phone and address
• Web address (to be published)
• Description of damage or loss - types of records, format (digital, photos, negatives, objects, books, videos, CD, etc.) volume of records, significant records lost, equipment damaged, premises damaged, etc. (if detailed, then only an overview will be published)
• photos of damage available (yes/no)
• Support required (e.g. funding, advice, materials, equipment, labour)
• Details of support required
• Date information provided (to be published)
• Follow up details and comments
For those who prefer to use a template, you may download one from www.archivists.org.au from tomorrow, Thursday 20 January 2011.
Kind regards
Jackie Bettington
Vice President
Australian Society of Archivists Inc.
www.archivists.org.au
0432 150 446

 

10 January 2011

FOURTH INTERNATIONAL MEMORY OF THE WORLD CONFERENCE

The Fourth International Memory of the World Conference will be held in Warsaw, Poland from 18-21 May 2011.

There's more information at the Conference website.

 

8 January 2011

UNESCO/JIKJI MEMORY OF THE WORLD PRIZE

UNESCO is inviting nominations for the fourth award of the UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize. This invitation is extended to all Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions, as well as to international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) maintaining official relations with UNESCO and whose work is in the field of preservation and conservation of documentary heritage.

All necessary information can be found at these links:

General information about the call for nominations for 2011

The Nomination Form

The Guidelines for Nominators and Adjudicators

Nominations should be submitted by completing the nomination form, adding all necessary documents and sending it (electronically or by post), no later than 31 January 2011 to:

Ms Joie Springer
Universal Access and Preservation Section
Information Society Division
UNESCO
1, rue Miollis
75732 Paris Cedex 15
France

Tel: (331) 45.68.44.97
Fax: (331) 45.68.55.83
Email: j.springer@unesco.org

 

21 December 2010

ICOM ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY 2011

The International Council of Museums has announced that 18 May will be the International Museum Day for 2011.

Every year since 1977, International Museum Day is held worldwide sometime around 18 May. From America and Oceania to Europe, Asia and Africa, International Museum Day aims to increase public awareness of the role of museums in developing society.

The theme for International Museum Day 2011 is Museum and Memory. Museums preserve memories and tell stories. They have in their collections numerous objects that are fundamental to the memory of the communities we live in. These objects are the expression of our natural and cultural heritage. Many of them are fragile, some endangered, and they all need special care and conservation. International Museum Day 2011 will be an opportunity to discover and rediscover your individual and collective memory.

Visit the Internation Museum Day 2011 site at http://network.icom.museum/imd2011.html

 

23 November 2010

REGISTER SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE UNESCO MEMORY OF THE WORLD PROGRAMME MEETS IN PARIS

The Register Sub-Committee (RSC) of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme met in Paris between 17 and 19 November to consider a bumper load of over 80 nominations to the International Register, as well as other agenda items including a draft Companion to the General Guidelines written by Australian Committee member Ray Edmondson. The RSC's recommendations on the nominations will go to the International Advisory Committee for its consideration and the outcome will be decided at the 10th International Advisory Committee meeting in May 2011 and will be announced shortly after, once the new inscriptions are approved by the Director-General of UNESCO.
 
Australia is represented on the RSC by Ray Edmondson, who is the nominee of the Coordinating Council on Audio Visual Archive Associations (CCAAA) and Chair of MOWCAP, and by Ros Russell, former RSC Chair and currently Chair of the International Advisory Committee, and also of the Australian Memory of the World Assessment Sub-Committee.

 

The RSC at its Paris meeting in UNESCO's Bonvin building (left to right) Danielle Neirinck, ICA representative (France); Maria Liouliou, UNESCO Paris; Nada Itani, Arab States (Lebanon); Ros Russell, IAC Chair (Australia); Rujaya Abhakorn, MOWCAP goodwill patron and Asian region (Thailand); Joie Springer, Chief of Secretariat, UNESCO Memory of the World Programme, Paris; Jan Bos, RSC Chair and IFLA representative; Lourdes Blanco, Latin America and Iberia (Venezuela); and Ray Edmondson, CCAAA (Australia)

 

16 November 2010

THE AUSTRALIAN MEMORY OF THE WORLD PROGRAM TO CELEBRATE ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY

Tomorrow night the Program will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an event at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.  The Program's Patron, Geraldine Brooks, has sent a message on this occasion:

"When the National Library of Bosnia was ablaze, shelled by deliberately targeted phosphorus bombs, I thought of Caliban in The Tempest, exhorting the rogues to steal away Prospero's books before they attacked him:

'Remember first to possess his books, for without them he's but a sot, as am I, and hath not one spirit to command.'

The despots, the ethnic cleansers, the Nazis and the inquisitors have always understood this: that our power as a people resides in our books, our cultural memories.  In the Memory of the World Program, we are creating a powerful defence against those who would strip bare our civilization and leave us naked in the dark."

Pictures from the Event

 

28 August 2010

CLOSING DATE FOR NOMINATIONS EXTENDED

At its Planning Day on 27 August the Australian Memory of the World Committee decided to extend the closing date for nominations for 2011 inscriptions to the Australian Register until 31 October 2010. 

Nominations are accepted from institutions and individuals for documents or collections.

Go to http://www.amw.org.au/content/how-nominate  to check the nomination criteria, and to download the nomination form.

And you can ask for help!

If you’d like advice on developing your nomination, contact a member of the Assessment Sub-Committee through http://www.amw.org.au/contact

 

6 July 2010

GERALDINE BROOKS ACCEPTS INVITATION TO BE PATRON OF THE AUSTRALIAN MEMORY OF THE WORLD COMMITTEE

The Australian Memory of the World Committee is pleased to announce that well known Australian author Geraldine Brooks has accepted the invitation to be Patron.
“As a newspaper reporter in Sarajevo during the siege of the city, I witnessed first hand the brutality of a war waged not only against a civilian population, but also against the idea that those civilians embodied: that people of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds could live together harmoniously over centuries, creating a rich vibrant culture. In the war waged upon that idea, libraries were incinerated and cultural treasures lost. But the idea was not destroyed. Sarajevo survived as a multiethnic city. It is an inspiration, but also a reminder of the fragility and preciousness of the memories that make us human”, said Ms Brooks in accepting the patronage.

 

2 May 2010

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

UNESCO AUSTRALIAN MEMORY OF THE WORLD REGISTER 2011

It’s time to start thinking about submitting a nomination of significant documentary heritage to the Australian Memory of the World Register.

Nominations for the next round close on 30 September 2010, and successful inscriptions will be announced in early 2011.

Nominations are accepted from institutions and individuals for documents or collections.

Go to http://www.amw.org.au/content/how-nominate  to check the nomination criteria, and to download the nomination form.

And you can ask for help!

If you’d like advice on developing your nomination, contact a member of the Assessment Sub-Committee through http://www.amw.org.au/contact

 

14 October 2009

KEY DOCUMENTS IN AUSTRALIA’S EARLY HISTORY HONOURED BY UNESCO

Documents relating to Indigenous languages, the voyage of the First Fleet and the foundation of the colony of New South Wales, the convict system, and the establishment of private legal transactions in the growing colony have been inscribed on UNESCO’s Australian Memory of the World Register for documentary heritage of world significance.