Preservation of information on agenda of the next IFAP Bureau meeting

30 March 2007

An open thematic debate on "Preservation of information" is scheduled within the framework of the 12th meeting of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (IFAP), which will take place from 2 to 4 April 2007 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

The debate will be held on 3 April 2007, from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the French National Library (Salle du Belvdre, Tour des Lois, Quai Franois-Mauriac, Paris 13e).

Its objective is to develop and promote a better understanding of what preservation of information entails today, to demonstrate its importance and to discuss the issues raised by the challenges and imperatives of preservation.

The expected outcome of the debate is the formulation of a set of key messages to be addressed to Governments on the importance of preservation and on their role in developing policies and priorities in this regard.

Each speaker will focus on a specific type of information, including current records, audiovisual materials, electronic publications and data, and will address the following issues:

  • Why preserve and what? The urgency of preservation, preparedness and risk management; and
  • How much will it cost to maintain the knowledge in information repositories? How many Giga-, Tera-, Peta- or Exabytes will be needed?

At the end of the debate, key messages of the different presentations on the specific challenges of preservation priorities will be summarized to be forwarded to Governments.

The debate is open to all those interested, within the limit of available seats. To register for it, please send an e-mail to the Secretariat: t.greggila-jouini(at)

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