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2007 Jikji Prize awarded to Austria's Phonogrammarchiv

11-09-2007 (Paris)
2007 Jikji Prize awarded to Austria's Phonogrammarchiv
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In an impressive ceremony held on 4 September 2007 in Cheongju City, in the Republic of Korea, the Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences formally received the UNESCO/Jikji Memory of World Prize certificate and cheque.
The ceremony was held at the Grand Hall of the Cheongju Arts Centre for some 1,200 specially invited participants. Previously recorded congratulatory video messages were delivered by UNESCO’s Director-General, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, in addition to speeches delivered by the Minister of Culture, the Governor of Chungcheungbukdo Province and the Mayor of Cheongju City.

Participants were treated to cultural performances of Korean groups in music and dance.

The UNESCO/Jikji Memory of World Prize, the first prize in the field of documentary heritage, was established by UNESCO in April 2004 to commemorate the inscription of Jikji, the oldest surviving book made with moveable metal characters, on the Memory of World Register.

The Prize, consisting of an award of US$30,000, along with a certificate, is given every two years to individuals or institutions that have made a significant contribution to the preservation and accessibility of the documentary heritage.

The National Library of the Czech Republic was the first recipient of the 2005 UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize. Recognition received through the Prize greatly helped to initiate several important activities and to expand the scope of its ongoing work. It also led to closer cooperation with a number of other institutions outside Europe, such as the National Library of China and the National Library of Kazakhstan, but more importantly, it also fostered new forms of cooperation with the National Library of the Republic of Korea in Seoul and with the Early Printing Museum in Cheongju.

This year’s winner, the Phonogrammarchiv, is the oldest sound archive in the world, having been founded in 1899. It has made a substantial contribution to the advancement of audiovisual preservation and it plans to use the prize money to assist in preserving a collection in a developing country.
2007 Jikji Prize awarded to Austria's Phonogrammarchiv
Jikji certificate being received by the Phonogrammarchiv

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