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EMC Honors Information Heritage Trust Project Grant Recipients

Three Organizations Supported for Stewardship of Cultural Information through Digitization

Story Highlights

  • Three organizations, Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum (UK), Acervo Digital Chiquinha Gonzaga (Brazil), and Guernsey Evacuee Community Group (UK), receive latest EMC Heritage Trust Project grants to support projects and initiatives that encourage the stewardship of cultural information.
  • EMC has provided Heritage Trust grants to 35 historic preservation projects over last six years of the program.
  • Founded in 2007, the broader EMC Information Heritage Initiative program has donated more than $35 million to preserve cultural information globally through digitization.
  • Nominations for the Fall 2013 Heritage Trust Project will open in September 2013.
HOPKINTON, Mass, August 1, 2013 - 

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) announced that three local organizations have been recognized as 2013 EMC Heritage Trust Project grant recipients. The grants will support projects that practice and encourage the stewardship of cultural information in local communities in the United Kingdom and Brazil.  

Founded in 2007, EMC’s Information Heritage Initiative program helps advance the conservation of information heritage globally. As part of the program, EMC’s Information Heritage Trust Project honors local people and projects that practice and inspire the preservation of cultural information from around the world through digitization, allowing readily accessible online research and education. To date, EMC has recognized more than 35 projects and donated more than $35 million through the initiatives.    

The EMC Heritage Trust Project grant recipients were selected based on the following criteria: potential size of the audience that would benefit from access to the information they are seeking to protect; the at-risk status of the information and why it is urgent to digitize; and how beneficial the EMC grant would be to the overall success of the project.

In October, 2012, EMC also awarded grants to Centro de Decumentacion de las Artes Escenicas, Santiago, Chile; Help Georgie Go Digital, British Columbia, Canada; and Caffe Lena History Project, Saratoga Springs, New York.

Nominations for the Fall 2013 Heritage Trust Project will open in September 2013. For more information on the EMC Heritage Trust Project, visit:

EMC Heritage Trust Project Grantees:

  • Kresy-Siberia, Great Britain – The Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum (KSVM) was established in 2009 to research, remember and recognize the more than 1.5 million Polish citizens who fought for freedom and survival under enemy occupation and exile during World War II. The KSVM is being developed by volunteers from around the world, and includes more than 10,000 photographs, documents, and interviews. The EMC grant will enable the KSVM to add more unique and never before seen material to the museum through the digitization of survivor interviews, photographs and documents.
  • Acervo Digital Chiquinha Gonzaga, Brazil – Chiquinha Gonzaga (Francisca Edwiges Neves Gonzaga, 1847-1935) is one of Brazil’s most important composers, creating around 300 piano solo pieces and songs, and more than 50 operettas. In 2012, her piano pieces and songs were digitally restored; however, her operettas still remain in manuscript form. The EMC grant will allow the team to digitize the original manuscripts into musical notation software to create a musicological revision, so they can be made available to musicians, producers, researchers and the general public globally. 
  • Guernsey Evacuee Community Group, Manchester, Great Britain – The Second World War Guernsey Evacuee Community Group (a nonprofit organization), holds a unique collection of documents dating from June 1940. The documents relate the experience of 17,000 evacuees who escaped Guernsey (in the Channel Islands) to England. The Nazis occupied their island a few days later. Currently, over 2,000 paper items are stored in boxes, including personal letters, diaries, photographs and telegrams. Through the EMC grant, the collection will be digitized so it can be shared with the world, allowing other evacuees to contribute their own memories to enhance the collection.

Executive Quote

Jessica Anderson, Director, Community Involvement, EMC Corporation

“The 2013 Heritage Trust Project recipients represent the diverse nature of the cultural information found in all corners of the globe. Thanks to the digitization efforts of these organizations, people around the world will have access to pieces of history that will breed understanding and innovation. EMC is proud to honor these important organizations and congratulates our latest grant recipients.”

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