Cultural heritage is captured in books, art, and artifacts stored in museums and libraries around the world. EMC contributes our expertise to help ensure these cultural treasures are available for future generations to access and enjoy. Through our Information Heritage program, EMC provides products, services, and financial assistance for digital information heritage programs worldwide.
Digitizing efforts not only prevent these pieces from disappearing, but often increases access for students, academics, and others who are interested in exploring these items. Since 2007, we have provided more than $20 million in products, services, and financial assistance for digital information heritage programs worldwide.
EMC INFORMATION HERITAGE INITIATIVE
EMC’s Information Heritage Initiative partners with cultural institutions to capture, store, and share digital images of their priceless collections. We offer financial assistance, hardware and software products, and technical expertise to help preserve the world’s heritage and increase digital accessibility for research and education.
EMC Isilon Helps Fuel the Library of the Future
In 2012, we partnered with the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries to support the development of Hunt Library, a pioneering facility and technology incubator that will house the largest collection of visualization technologies of any U.S. public university and more than two million digitized books. Hunt Library, slated to open in April 2013, is designed to become the collaboration and research hub of NSCU’s Centennial Campus with more than 60 percent of the building being devoted to collaboration spaces supporting over 100 active teams at any given time.
EMC provided Isilon® technology equipment, which will improve the development and performance of smart grid, gaming, and high-performance computing for research and collaborative services to faculty, staff, and students. With this support, the library will become a campus model for public and private partnerships on research and development into the cloud. At the same time, we are facilitating the development of a digital archive for content of NCSU and its partner libraries—University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina Central University—which together comprise one of the largest research library systems in the country.
EMC HERITAGE TRUST PROJECTWe 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 spring and fall 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 review the proposed projects and then post the seven finalists for the public to vote for the top winners. The 2012 grantees were:
- Caffe Lena History Project Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
- Centro de Documentación de las Artes Escénicas Santiago, Chile
- CyArk Oakland, California, USA
- Help Georgie Go Digital British Colombia, Canada
- Springfield Public Library Newark, New Jersey, USA
- The Reach Museum British Colombia, Canada
Helping Georgie Go Digital
In a rural North Okanagan community in British Columbia, Canada, a lone employee—Georgie Hay—operates a small museum more than a century old, rich with tape-recorded interviews and photos depicting the town’s mining, logging, milling, and farming heritage. When EMC received the Lumby Museum’s “Help Georgie Go Digital” submission in 2012, the photos and interviews were deteriorating and the Museum lacked the resources required to preserve them. Heritage Trust Project judges and EMC Facebook fans were moved by Georgie’s story and awarded a $10,000 grant to provide IT training, digitize photos and interviews, and develop a website for the Museum to provide easier access to the documents for the larger public.