U'mista Cultural Society One of Seven Winners Worldwide of Grants
Designed to Preserve and Protect Information Heritage
TORONTO, March 18 /CNW/ - EMC Corporation, the world leader in
information infrastructure solutions, today announced the U'mista Cultural
Society http://www.umista.ca/ in Alert Bay, B.C., is one of seven
organizations receiving EMC Heritage Trust Project awards totaling US$100,000.
The Heritage Trust awards are designed to protect and improve access to
information in communities around the world. EMC received 325 applications
from 34 countries since announcing the inaugural awards program last May.
The U'mista Cultural Society is helping drive a collaborative project
that will use digital media to thoroughly document the largest and oldest
collection of Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) cultural material in Europe. The
Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation is an indigenous nation residing in British
Columbia on northern Vancouver Island and the mainland. The collection of
cultural material was assembled by Johan Adrian Jacobsen around 1881 and is
held by the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, Germany.
"The collection contains many items that our people have never seen
before," said Andrea Sanborn, Executive Director of the U'mista Cultural
Centre. "By digitizing the collection and making it available to our
community, we can help our people learn more about their culture. We can also
share information with other researchers who are working on projects involving
The U'mista Cultural Society is a small museum in a remote community and
has limited resources, Sanborn noted.
"We don't have a large budget, so receiving help from organizations like
EMC is greatly appreciated," she said.
"Preserving important information is at the core of EMC's business," said
Michael Sharun, Managing Director of EMC Canada. "We're pleased to be able to
help protect a key piece of a Canadian First Nation's culture and history. We
were impressed with the quality and quantity of the submissions we received
from Canadian organizations, which are clearly making extraordinary efforts to
improve access to and protect Canada's rich heritage."
The EMC Information Heritage Initiative was formalized in 2007 to help
preserve and protect humanity's information heritage and make important
historical documents and cultural artifacts readily accessible via the
Internet for research and education purposes. In conjunction with this
initiative, the EMC Heritage Trust Project was created to recognize and
support any public or private local organization, institution or individual
projects around the world that are designed to protect and improve access to
"Over the last decade, we've donated more than $20 million to information
heritage preservation across the globe including large-scale projects with the
Smithsonian Institution and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and
Museum," said Joe Tucci, EMC's Chairman, President and CEO. "The EMC Heritage
Trust Project extends this initiative to local communities around the world."
The EMC Heritage Trust Project's distinguished judging committee reviewed
the 325 applications from around the globe and narrowed the list down to 48
finalists. Award recipients were chosen based on the potential size of the
audience that would benefit from access to this information; the at-risk
status of the information and why it is so urgent to digitize it; and how
beneficial EMC's grant would be for the project. The other six winners of this
year's awards are:
- The Music Library of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra - The
EMC grant will pay for the hardware and software required for the
preservation and cataloguing of one of the oldest and most
significant musical collections in Russia, making it widely available
globally via the Web.
- Flimmer Film AS - The EMC grant will allow the Norwegian organization
to translate and share over the Web "My Days," an oral history
project in which senior citizens share short, personal narratives
from their everyday lives.
- Center for the Study of Peace and Reconciliation (CsPR) - The EMC
grant will allow the CsPR at Hitotsubashi University's Graduate
School of Social Sciences in Japan to digitize its research on peace
and reconciliation and the related issues of conflict, violence and
memory, including interview tapes, manuscripts, audio tapes and
- Chiang Mai University Library - The EMC grant will help Chiang Mai
University Library in Thailand to digitize traditional temple
manuscripts dating back to the 16th century, many on palm-leaf
material, tree bark paper and mulberry paper, as well as 350
microfilms from the 1980s containing the collections of 100 Buddhist
- Villa Ocampo - The EMC grant will restore, protect and digitize
Victoria Ocampo's extensive library collection in Argentina, which
includes more than 12,000 books and 1,000 periodicals, as well as
letters, photographs and other personal papers. Victoria Ocampo was a
well-known 20th century Latin American cultural figure, who founded
and published Sur, the most important literary magazine of its time
in Latin America.
- The Edgar Allan Poe Museum - The EMC grant will fund staffing,
equipment and post-digitization, acid-free storage of materials, to
preserve the Richmond, Virginia, museum's collections of Poe
artifacts, manuscripts, family ephemera and memorabilia.
To view the complete list of EMC Heritage Trust Project finalists, visit
<a href="http://sawebdev.ca/emc/EMC-Heritage-Trust-Project-Finalists-2007.pdf">http://sawebdev.ca/emc/EMC-Heritage-Trust-Project-Finalists-2007.pdf</a>. Below is
the list of Canadian finalists:
- Calgary Public Library
- Glenbow Museum
- Joggins Fossil Institute
- King Township Public Library
- The Bertrand Russell Archives, William Ready Division of Archives and
Research Collections, McMaster University Library
- The Celtic Music Interpretive Centre Society
- The University of Prince Edward Island project "A Living Archives"
- The Wolfville Historical Society
- Trinity Historical Society Inc.
The EMC Heritage Trust Project will begin accepting nominations for next
year's awards on July 1, 2008. Winners will be announced in May 2009. Program
details are available at www.Canada.EMC.com/heritage_trust.
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