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DIGITAL RECORDKEEPING INITIATIVE
Australia and New Zealand's public record
institutions are collaborating to estab-
lish a huge digital library. The Digital
Recordkeeping Initiative will develop a set
of rules for creation, use and storage of digit-
al records, and it is hoped that it will become
a benchmark for international standards.
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or more information, see http://www.
computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;1
613096940;fp;16;fpid;0.
DIGITISATION BEGINS AT NATIONAL
FILM ARCHIVES OF INDIA
A new centre is being built for the pres-
ervation of film at the start of the NFAI's
(http://www.nfaipune.nic.in/) digitisation
programme. The centre in Pune, India, will
take steps to begin copying film reels and
preserving those in danger. The archives
intend to publish a catalogue of all new
films on their Web site.
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ee the full story at http://www.hindu-
onnet.com/thehindu/
holnus/002200404211180.htm.
RECOVERY OF NAMIBIA'S HISTORICAL
MEMORIES
The Archives of the Anti-Colonial
Resistance and the Liberation Struggle
Project (AACRLS) held a meeting to dis-
cuss how best to identify, locate and secure
oral and physical historical materials, and to
store them in the National Archives. Their
aims include repatriating records held by
former colonial rulers.
F
or more information, visit http://alla
frica.com/stories/200404261126.html
or see the IFLA General Conference and
Council paper at http://www.ifla.org/IV/
ifla69/papers/091e-Namhila.pdf.
FREE ACCESS TO IMAGES OF SPACE
EXPLORATION
NASA (http://www.nasa.gov) is seeking a
partner to develop a comprehensive data-
base of historical and educational mate-
rial, including more than 115,000 film
and video titles and millions of still imag-
es documenting the history of America`s
space programme. These materials will be
digitised and published online for public
research.
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or more infomation, see http://
www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.
html?pid=14077 and http://www.usatoday.
com/tech/news/2004-04-22-nasa-media-
archive_x.htm.
MAPPING RECORDS USING A BEAM
OF LIGHT
Researchers in California have discovered
a way to read the grooves of fragile record-
ings using a beam of light. This method
imposes no risk to the disks and can even
reassemble data held on disks that are too
damaged to play, or even broken into pieces.
T
he full story is available from
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/?http://
www.pcpro.co.uk/news/news_story.
php?id=56778.
BLUE SHIELD
ICA has now begun presiding over the
International Committee of the Blue Shield
(ICBS), the cultural version of the Red
Cross, which works to protect threatened
cultural heritage all over the world.
F
or more information, see http://www.
ifla.org/blueshield.htm.
DIGITISATION IN THE BRUNEI NATIONAL
ARCHIVES
The restoration, reproduction and digiti-
sation of thousands of photographs in the
Brunei National Archives will begin soon,
thanks to the signing of an agreement
between the Brunei Museum's Department
and Memorable Impressions Sendirian
Berhad. The National Archives store thou-
sands of Brunei's historical records and pho-
tos for research purposes. One of the records
consists of more than twelve thousand pho-
tographs, many depicting epic moments in
Brunei's history.
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or more information, see http://www.
brunei-online.com/bb/tue/apr20h10.
htm.
ISLAMIC TEXTS UNDER THREAT
In Africa, thousands of Islamic texts are
decaying due to lack of preservation.
Scholars have already rescued tens of thou-
sands of pages, placing them in safe storage,
but an estimated three million manuscripts,
of incalculable value to the understanding
of Islam in West Africa, are owned privately
and are at risk.
F
or the full story, visit http://www.
wtopnews.com/index.php?nid=
220&sid=189210.
DIGITISING THE ELGIN MARBLES
The surviving fragments of the magnifi-
cent Parthenon sculptures known collec-
tively as the Elgin Marbles are scattered
across ten museums in eight different coun-
tries. However, thanks to a new digitisation
project, the sculptures will soon be reunit-
ed in a virtual reconstruction. 3D scanning
technologies will increase both access to,
and interactions with, these artefacts.