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Cultural heritage is captured in books, art, and artifacts stored in museums and libraries around the world. However, many treasures are in locations where they are unprotected from the risks of degradation or destruction. EMC contributes our expertise to help ensure these cultural treasures are available for future generations to access and enjoy. Through our Information Heritage Initiative EMC provides products, services, and financial assistance for digital information heritage programs worldwide. Digitizing not only prevents these pieces from disappearing, but provides access for students, scholars, and others who may not be able to visit these items in person. Since 2007, we have provided more than $37 million in products, services, and financial assistance for digital information heritage programs worldwide.

EMC Isilon Helps Fuel the Library of the Future

In 2013, the Hunt Library opened at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The result of an EMC partnership with NCSU, the library is a pioneering facility and technology incubator housing the largest collection of visualization technologies of any U.S. public university, as well as collaboration spaces that can support more than 100 active teams at once. The library is serving thousands of researchers, government and nonprofit partners, faculty, and students in engineering, textiles, and other science programs.

EMC provided Isilon equipment to improve the development and performance of smart grid, gaming, and high-performance computing. EMC technology is currently being used in a variety of ways: in a render farm as a teaching mechanism for the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program; within the creative design lab; and for gaming and animation needs. The library is also using the technology to send archived data of research and books to other libraries on campus.

EMC Heritage Trust Project

We recognize the importance of local preservation projects, and through the EMC Heritage Trust Project, we support community-based digital curation efforts around the world. The Project awards cash grants of $5,000, $10,000, and $15,000 to local cultural institutions, archives, or private collections. New grants are awarded every year through an open application process.

Beginning in 2012, we showcased the Project on EMC’s Facebook page, where applicants now submit their proposals directly. An internal group of judges reviews the proposed projects, looking specifically at the potential impact and the at-risk status of the project. The group chooses seven finalists and then a public vote is held to pick the winners. In 2013, EMC expanded eligibility for the Heritage Trust Project to ten countries; 15 countries will be eligible in 2014. Some of the six winners in 2013 include:

Kresey-Siberia Virtual Museum, United Kingdom

This museum was established in 2009 to research, remember, and recognize the more than 1.5 million Polish citizens who fought for freedom and survival during World War II. The project will enable the digitization of priceless documents, photos, and videos.

Acervo Digital Chinquinha Conzaga, Brazil

This organization has restored many of the works of one of Brazil’s most important composers, Chinquinha Conzaga. This project will allow her most important operettas to be digitized and preserved.

Guernsey Evacuee Community Group, United Kingdom

This community group holds a unique collection of documents related to the experiences of more than 17,000 evacuees who escaped in 1940 from Guernsey in the Channel Islands to England. The group has collected a range of documents and photos that will be digitized and preserved.

CAPTION: JFK Presidential Library and Museum: “Access to a Legacy” Digitization Initiative

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation has an ambitious project underway to create an online archive of its namesake’s personal life and presidency – including approximately 8.4 million pages of JFK’s presidential papers, 400,000 still photographs, 9,000 hours of audio recording, 7.5 million feet of motion picture film, and 1,200 hours of video recordings. Since the project’s inception, EMC has provided hardware, software, and consulting services to the JFK Library Foundation. Based on EMC Captiva Input Accel, EMC Documentum Media WorkSpace, and the EMC Documentum enterprise content management (ECM) platform, archivists have seen a significant improvement in the processes for scanning, managing, and cataloging the large volume of priceless materials. In 2013, progress included cataloging an additional 1,297 White House photographs, scanning and cataloging important White House staff files, and scanning the National Security Files (NSF) of McGeorge Bundy, Special Assistant to the President.

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