With United Nations endorsement for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007 we have a “minimum standard for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world.” The UNDRIP offers an international legal framework for the recognition of the unique collective rights of Indigenous Peoples across the globe. For this purpose, the ICA Programme Commission established the Expert Group on Indigenous Matters (EGIM) …
“In an age where global audiovisual communication has become a highway of social media traffic, audiovisual records offer us the opportunity to transcend the limitations of time and place. Audiovisual archives convey messages from one era to another. It is the audiovisual archivist’s responsibility that the messages captured are reliable, authentic, persistent and complete.”
At Europeana, we encourage cultural heritage institutions to embrace open access practices as much as possible. Allowing digital cultural heritage not only to be seen, but also to be used and shared, can make a more meaningful contribution to society, and is in line with cultural heritage institutions’ public interest mission.
Archives are invaluable in making a nation understand and appreciate her past and present, hence contributing to the overall development of the people. The ability to access and use that which define you as person, community and a nation need not be over emphasised.