Deadline: July 23, 2019
The UNESCO Regional Multisectoral Office for West Africa-Sahel, through the Communication and Information Programme, is organizing an experts’ workshop to develop indicators to monitor the sustainability of information preservation.
An initiative directly linked to the Sustainable Development Objective 16, which makes access to information one of the requirements of development.
The production and use of information in analogue or digital form have experienced considerable growth, generating many challenges for their effective and long-term preservation. In 2018, Forbes estimated that 2.5 million terabytes of digital data (information, content, etc.) were created every day around the world. A figure that is increasing rapidly, while in several countries, particularly in Africa, the preservation of information and especially in digital form is hardly on the agenda of national political priorities. A trend that is not always consistent with regional agendas. In fact, at the continental level, the African Union aligns goal 11 “Values democratic, practices, universal principles rights of man, justice and the primacy of right anchored” of Agenda 2063 with SDG 16 that focuses on achieving sustainable development through access to information – which includes its preservation.
UNESCO, following the strategy of the Information for All Programme (IFAP) and the provisions of the Recommendation concerning the preservation and accessibility of the documentary heritage including digital heritage, is engaged in a process of formulating the Indicators capable of measuring the sustainability of information preservation. An approach that seeks, among other things, to provide States with tools to measure their performance or guide their policy on information preservation in order to guarantee access to information and foster the development of inclusive knowledge societies.
To that end, UNESCO is convening an Experts’ Workshop in Dakar on 11th, 12th and 13th September 2019. The present call is therefore intended to invite women and men with proven expertise on information preservation issues to register and participate in order to propose potential Indicators.
Objectives of the workshop
The workshop seeks to:
- Map and analyse existing indicators and monitoring tools related to information and documentary heritage preservation, to select potential indicators of information preservation sustainability;
- Define a set of indicators applicable to monitoring or measuring the sustainability of information preservation.
Conditions of participation
Participation is open to all women and men specialists in the fields of information and communication technologies, statistics and especially the preservation of documentary heritage and digital heritage. Participants can come from memory institutions (archives, libraries, museums, etc.), statistical institutions, universities and research centers.
For people coming from countries other than Senegal, and based in Africa, the possibilities for UNESCO to provide support for transportation and accommodation are very limited. Therefore, supported participants will be selected based on a number of criteria including gender equality, diversity of expertise, etc. on a first come, first serve basis.
Registration is open until July 23, 2019 here
The concept note for the workshop is available here