The Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, organise an international conference 'Preserving the Digital Heritage: Principles and Policies', which will be held in The Hague, Friday 4 November and Saturday 5 November 2005.
The conference is focussing on issues of interest for higher management in libraries, archives and museums, and other policy makers in the field of information and culture. The programme and registration form can be downloaded from: http://www.unesco.nl/main_6-3.php.
The special characteristics of digital objects ask for new preservation polices and agreements. Amongst the many problems that librarians, archivists and other information professionals face, two issues seem to be especially important: the selection of material and the division of tasks and responsibilities between institutions for preservation purposes. These issues are mentioned in the 'Charter on the Preservation of the Digital Heritage', adopted at the 32nd session of the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2003.
At the conference a range of state of the art examples will be presented from a variety of materials, heritage institutions and cooperation schemes. The aim is to further clarify the above mentioned issues and to formulate recommendations on actions to be taken in the period to come.
The Organising Committee
Gerard van Trier, Chair
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands P.O. Box 90407
2509 LK The Hague
T: +31 70 31 40 463 / 495
F: +31 70 31 40 651