Conference Program 

The protection of digital assets is the focus of the UNESCO / UBC Vancouver Declaration on Digitization and Preservation, released by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

The statement emerged from an international conference, held in Vancouver in September 2012 and organized by UNESCO in co-operation with UBC, that focused on the preservation of digital documentary heritage. More than 500 participants from the public and private sectors - including Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian and Allan Bell, UBC Library’s Director of Digital Initiatives - discussed the protection of digital assets at the event.

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This week’s UNESCO conference in Vancouver, entitled “The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation,” is featured in a recent Province article stressing the importance of protecting digitally preserved knowledge.

“It’s one thing for a computer crash to erase all your personal data. But imagine if humanity’s historical hard drive was wiped out.” Read more online, “Protecting digitally preserved knowledge is focus of UNESCO conference,” by Elaine O’Connor, The Province.

Conference ProgramConvening more than 120 speakers and 700 delegates from five continents, the UNESCO International Conference: Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation will foster vital exchange among sectors as diverse as academia, heritage institutions, the IT industry, business organizations and government.

Hosted by UBC and in collaboration with the University of Toronto, the conference will explore topics such as:
> Protecting intellectual property in the digital age;
> Maximizing the unprecedented potential of digital technologies to preserve and share scientific and cultural works; and,
> Enhancing digital creation and preservation, especially with “born-digital” records, documents, data and archives.

Experts from UBC Library and UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) will be participating in various sessions throughout the three day conference, which starts September 26 at the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel.

Media requesting interviews with UBC Library or SLAIS representatives on-site should contact either Lorraine Chan at 604.822.2644 or Linda Ong at 604.827.4831 for assistance. 

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