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  • 1. Endangered Archives Programme Aquiles Alencar-Brayner [email_address]
  • 2. General Objective
    • Digitalization and Open Access
    • Foster collaboration between national libraries, research institutions, NGOs and national governments for the preservation, digitisation, virtual reunification and open access to important collections.
    • Examples:
    • Codex Sinaiticus:
    • Europeana:
  • 3. Endangerd Archives Programme (EAP)
    • Sponsor: Arcadia
    • Mission: contribute to the preservation of archival material that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration world-wide.
    • Scope: The specific focus of this programme is upon archives relating to the pre-industrial stages of a society's development, whether in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, or even Europe.
    • Recuperation/digitisation of archives in Latin America: £ 505.000,00
    • Projects in Latin America and Caribbean:
    Chile: Identification of the potential corpus for a Mapuche special historical collection Bolivia: Digitisation of Bolivian indigenous communities records on ayllu structure, tax and land tenure Brazil: Pilot project to seek, identify, contact and report on collections of the endangered archives of the states of Maranhão and Pará in the Amazon region of Brazil Peru: Locating audiovisual ethnographic collections of expressive Andean culture in Peru
  • 4. How does it work?
    • Team:
    • ► 1 Curator
    • ► 1 Administrator
    • ► 1 Cataloguer
    • ► International advisory panel formed by 8 members: 6 academics and archivists from different research areas, 1 principal adviser (Arcadia) and 1 BL staff:
    • Grants :
    • Applications will take place in September 2011, with a deadline of the beginning of November for submission of preliminary applications. There are 2 types of grant offered by EAP:
    • Pilot Project:
          • projects to investigate the survival of archival collections in any specific format, and the feasibility of their recovery. (Up to £ 10,000.00)
    • Major Project:
          • individual researchers may apply for grants to locate relevant collections, to arrange their transfer to a suitable local archival home where possible, and to deliver copies to the British Library and a local institution for the benefit of researchers worldwide. (Up to 50,000.00)
  • 5. EAP: Objectives and proposal
    • Enhance local capabilities.
    • The original archival material will not leave the country of origin except in exceptional cases when it is required to do so temporarily for specific conservation or copying purposes.
    • Equipment funded by the Programme will remain in the country of the project at the end of the grant for future use.
    • The grants are normally administered by host institutions.
    • Both microfilming and digitisation are accepted as modes of copying under the Programme.
    • Copyright in the material will remain with the copyright holder.
  • 6. EAF: future directions
    • Open access to digitised material (initial phase):
    • EAP files accessible from BL Webpage but mot cross searchable at the moment. Files will be integrated into the new MSS online catalogue
    • Problems:
    • Limited storage space: 2TB. At the moment we have at least 50TB of data.