Preserving Culture



by Eleanor Burns via “CBR

The EMC Heritage Trust Project helps conservation of information heritage through digitisation around the world.

EMC has announced three organisations as grant recipients of the 2014 EMC Heritage Trust Project.

The EMC Heritage Trust Project helps advance the conservation of information heritage through digitisation around the world, allowing readily accessible online research and education.

The grants will support projects that practice and encourage the stewardship of cultural information in local communities in the UK, Canada and India.

The grant recipients include The Royal Institution, who will use the grant to digitise all Christmas Lecture recordings from 1966 on, making them available to audiences around the world.

The Nikkei National Museum in Canada will now be able to make the collection available to researchers around the world, through digitisation. Through its EMC Heritage Trust Grant, the Museum plans to add 2,000-4,000 new items to its online database. . . .


“14,000 Latvians Form Human Chain to Deliver Books to New Library”

“14,000 Latvians Form Human Chain to Deliver Books to New Library”

by Sarah Dougherty via “Global Post



“On Saturday, about 14,000 people in Latvia’s capital formed a human chain of book lovers to kick off Riga’s year as a 2014 European Capital of Culture. The crowd braved icy temperatures to pass library books — by hand — from the old National Library to the new building 1.2 miles (2 km) away. As you can see from this video, there was much dancing and rejoicing:

According to the AFP, Saturday’s event recalled 1989 Baltic Way, a peaceful demonstration by citizens of the Baltics to demand independence from the Soviet Union. On Aug. 23, 1989, some 2 million people joined hands to create a massive human chain. They stretched 370 miles (600 km) and linked the Baltic capitals of Vilnius (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia) and Tallinn (Estonia). Within two years, all three countries were independent. . . . .”

“Cooperating to Preserve Jordan’s Rich Cultural Heritage”

“Cooperating to Preserve Jordan’s Rich Cultural Heritage”

“Small-scale income-generating research projects in the field of antiquities should be established in Jordan, the final conference of the EU-funded JOCHERA project has heard. This will help achieve future research goals shared by European and Jordanian universities and research centres. 

Conference participants also stressed the need to establish working relationships between research centres, and to carry on working . . . “