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  • 29 September - 17 October 2003

    Virtual exhibition « Building Knowledge Societies » revisited

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  • The Virtual Exhibition website
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    Two standard-setting instruments concerning information and communication technology are to be submitted to UNESCO’s Member States for adoption during the 32nd session of the General Conference of the Organization (September 29 to October 17): one will be on multilingualism in cyberspace and access to the Internet and the other on the preservation of digital heritage.

    These two projects are part of UNESCO’s efforts to promote the notion of “knowledge societies” so that the greatest number of people can benefit from the contribution of information and communication technologies in terms of social and individual development.

    On 9 and 10 October, UNESCO will therefore host a Ministerial Round Table as part of the General Conference. The meeting “Towards Knowledge Societies” will enable Ministers attending the World Summit on the Information Society (10-12 December 2003, Geneva) to exchange views on the potential of ICT in development and community participation.

    Sessions will deal with the following themes:
    • Key principles of knowledge societies
    • Cultural policies in knowledge societies
    • The role of sciences in developing knowledge societies
    • Education in and for knowledge societies
    • Media in knowledge societies
    The virtual exhibition presented to the participants of the General Conference in Hall Ségur, and to be presented to the World Summit on the Information Society, illustrates this process and emphasize the various communities of actors who participate in the building of knowledge societies. Whether they are:
    • Cultural actors (information specialists, museologists, librarians),
    • Scientifists (researchers, doctors…),
    • artists (painters, musicians, writers…),
    • teachers,
    • decision-makers (politicians, parliamentarians…),
    • media people,
    • or part of the civil society (associations defending the disabled, indigenous people, NGOs of youth, local communities…),
    with the added value of information and communication technologies, they participate to the construction of a knowledge society that is accessible to all.

    The exhibition provides a focus on 4 main themes: creation, transmission, sharing and preservation of knowledge.

    Yesterday and a few days ago, we presented you the meaning of creation, transmission and sharing of knowledge, today, the exhibition draws your attention to the meaning of preserving knowledge.

    How do these various actors participate in the sharing of knowledge with the added value of information and communication technologies? Here are the types of projects you will be able to discover:

    Cultural actors preserve
    • The Centre for the preservation of natural and cultural heritage
    • A software system for building digital catalog for museums
      Computer-aided virtual reconstitution of the Kabul Museum
    • A database from the museum of Baghdad
    • Virtual reconstitution of the buddhas of Bamiyan
    • A digital archiving project for intangible cultural heritage
    • A CD-ROM on endangered languages
    • A presentation of ICT use for art restoration
    Scientists preserve
    • An on-line interactive presentation on anatomy
    • A CD-ROM on sustainable mountain development
    • A digitization project of Arab old science manuscripts
    Educators preserve
    • Digital version of Maya language for bilingual education
    Civil society preserves
    • An on-line database of Latin American indigenous language
    • An initiative fostering linguistic diversity on the Internet
    Artists preserve
    • A website on the history of jazz
    • A digital animation of a Malay children’s story
    • Picture analysis using new technologies
    • A website for the promotion and development of handicrafts
    Media people preserve
    • An organization for the preservation of film and television culture
    • An association for the preservation of Swiss audiovisual heritage
    • Digital preservation of archives and library holdings
  • Creation of Knowledge
  • Transmission of Knowledge
  • Sharing of Knowledge




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