Maintaining our digital memory: a declaration of support for the World Summit on the Information Society

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Communiqué from the Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL)

The National Libraries of the world are the guardians of the cultural heritage expressed in a nation's documented memory which includes the digital information produced in the Information Society.

National Libraries in all countries have a mandate and duty to collect and preserve this digital cultural heritage and to make it accessible both now and to future generations.

It is a matter of the highest importance to the National Libraries of the world that all states develop coordinated national strategies for inclusive information societies in which our digital heritage will be preserved and made accessible with the same commitment already shown to our nations' printed records.

In the spirit of partnership and digital solidarity we, the Directors of the National Libraries of the world support the WSIS Geneva Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action, adopted in Geneva, December 2003, in particular those principles related to:

Section A:
Our Common Vision of the Information Society

Section B:
An Information Society for All: Key Principles

Section C:
Towards an Information Society for All Based on Shared Knowledge

Furthermore we seek the endorsement of the Tunis meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society, November 2005, for the full implementation of these principles as well as the maintenance of our shared digital memory.

Argentina
Australia
Austria
Barbados
Belgium
Benin
Brazil
Canada
Chile
China
Croatia
Cuba
Czech Republic
Denmark
Egypt
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Iceland
Iran
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kazakhstan
Korea, Rep. of
Latvia
Lebanon
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Mali
Malta
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
Russian Federation
Scotland (UK)
Serbia and Montenegro
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Thailand
Trindad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
United Kingdom
USA
Venezuela

Adopted at IFLA/WLIC, Oslo, Norway, August 2005.

Statements, WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society), Digital preservation, Cultural heritage, Access to information, National libraries

Last update: 26 January 2015