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Workshop on documentary heritage preservation and access in Asia/ Pacific

14-09-2006 (Paris)
Workshop on documentary heritage preservation and access in Asia/ Pacific
Emblem of Cheongju City
© Joie Springer
Experts from archives, libraries and museums in the Asian region took part in a workshop on "Risk-preparedness and Preservation Treatment of Documentary Heritage", from 4 to 7 September 2006 in Cheongju, Daejeon and Seoul, Republic of Korea.
The main objective of this third "Regional Training Workshop on the Preservation of and Access to Documentary Heritage in Asia and the Pacific" was to stress the urgency of preserving documentary heritage with particular emphasis being given to risk preparedness; raise general awareness of the role of UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme in this area; and acquaint participants with the practical aspects of risk-preparedness with respect to documentary heritage.

Tremendous losses of documentary heritage have occurred in Asia, a region prone to natural disasters, but heritage has also been lost as a result of human factors including lack of awareness, acts of war or negligence.

The workshop participants presented country reports detailing the situation prevailing in their institutions and country. Country reports came from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, while an overview of Asia and the pacific was presented by the representative from the Asian Development Bank.

In addition to presentations and lectures on different aspects of risk-preparedness and preservation treatment, participants were invited to tour different types of preservation facilities to obtain more in-depth exposure to various techniques in use by their Korean counterparts.

Funding was provided by UNESCO, the Cultural Heritage Administration and Chungcheongbuk-Do. It was jointly organized by Cheongju City, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO in association with the Cheongju Early Printing Museum and World Jikji Culture Association as the implementing bodies.

The two previous regional workshops examined 'Preservation of Paper Documents' (2002) and 'Digitization of Documentary Heritage for Preservation of Access' (2004).
Workshop on documentary heritage preservation and access in Asia/ Pacific Early Printing Museum, Cheongju
© Joie Springer

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