October 27 – World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Posted on October 27, 2014

 Here is something you may never have thought about: protecting our audiovisual heritage.

There are old tapes and records and movies that we may never get to see or hear again because their media is falling apart. Wouldn't it be wonderful to make digital copies of all of this stuff before it is gone?

And, remember, sometimes “gone” means “gone for good”!

The U. N. website promoting this special day talks about “archives at risk” and assures us that there is “much more to do.” Films, radio and television programs, and other recordings are humanity's common heritage, containing the “primary records” of the current and past century.

What can we do to help? Apparently, the organizers are calling on the people of the world to urge their governments to take steps to preserve audiovisual “documents” and to provide access to them to scholars and, when possible, the public.

Some activities held today include competitions, panel discussions, special film screenings, and local programs.

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