International Expert Workshop on the World Heritage Convention and Indigenous Peoples
20-21 September 2012 (Copenhagen, Denmark)

The Danish Agency for Culture is organizing an international expert workshop on the World Heritage Convention and Indigenous Peoples under the theme “How to ensure that the implementation of the World Heritage Convention is consistent with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” The expert workshop aims to enable a constructive dialogue related to the issues brought forward by indigenous peoples, with a view to recommending appropriate changes to the current procedures and operational guidelines. Read UNESCO’s release …

The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation
26-28 September 2012 (Vancouver, Canada)

This conference will bring together heritage professionals, government representatives, information technology professionals and other stakeholders to discuss how to improve the preservation of digital data. Topics to be discussed include preserving scientific data as well as records of traditions and performances. Through a review of current policies and practices, conference participants will explore ways to maximize the potential of digital technologies to preserve and disseminate scientific and cultural works. They will also propose ways to improve digital preservation that is already underway, complementing UNESCO’s Charter on the Preservation of the Digital Heritage. The programme will also feature presentations on digital preservation in developing countries, especially in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands, by showcasing different global and national initiatives. Read UNESCO’s release … Download the conference programme [pdf] …

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