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December 23, 2014

EMC preserves world cultures through artifact digitisation

The EMC Heritage Trust Project helps conservation of information heritage through digitisation around the world.

By Ellie Burns

EMC has announced three organisations as grant recipients of the 2014 EMC Heritage Trust Project.

The EMC Heritage Trust Project helps advance the conservation of information heritage through digitisation around the world, allowing readily accessible online research and education.

The grants will support projects that practice and encourage the stewardship of cultural information in local communities in the UK, Canada and India.

The grant recipients include The Royal Institution, who will use the grant to digitise all Christmas Lecture recordings from 1966 on, making them available to audiences around the world.

The Nikkei National Museum in Canada will now be able to make the collection available to researchers around the world, through digitisation. Through its EMC Heritage Trust Grant, the Museum plans to add 2,000-4,000 new items to its online database.

The final recipient will be US-based non-profit, Folk Arts Rajasthan (FAR) and India-based NGO, Lok Kala Sagar Sansthan (LKSS), two organisations working to preserve the cultural heritage of the Mesari of northwestern India as storytellers.

Through educational programming, the organizations are working to perpetuate the Merasi cultural legacy while balancing the opportunities and challenges of modernization. EMC’s Heritage Trust Grant will work towards adding recordings, files, and objects to a growing archive that will soon be available online.

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Jessica Anderson, Director, Community Involvement at EMC commented: "Preserving cultural artifacts and making them accessible to people around the world is so important.

"It allows information to be seen by a much wider audience, and provides historic background for future generations to build on. Thanks to modern technology and digitization efforts, more communities around the world are sharing their stories. EMC is proud to help global communities with their efforts. Congratulations to our 2014 grant recipients."

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