Presentation delivered at 'Shaping Access', Berlin 13 November 2014
Video of presentation: http://vimeo.com/112799188
3. The future of Heritage
Time – Every document is a creature of its time
Place – The place of its creation is a key attribute of its importance
People – The social and cultural context of its creation
Subject/Theme – The subject matter may represent particular historical or intellectual developments
Form/Style – The item may…be a key exemplar of a type of presentation, custom or medium
Social/Community significance – The document must have an emotional hold on people who are alive today
The vision of the Memory of the World Programme is that the world's documentary
heritage belongs to all, should be fully preserved and protected for all and, with
due recognition of cultural mores and practicalities, should be permanently
accessible to all without hindrance.
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of
The documentary heritage nominated must be finite and precisely defined; broad,
general or open-ended nominations will not be accepted…Once added to the Memory
of the World Register, the document group cannot be varied or redefined over time.
Re-use is the vernacular culture of the internet.
What does documentary heritage mean for internet-native
culture if fixity is a requirement?