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Documentary heritage

Memory of the World  
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Documentary heritage

The essence of cultural development is based on the tong-term protection of information the knowledge that results from this collection. The objective of the UNESCO Memory of the World programme is to preserve and protect documents of all kinds – books, manuscripts, audiovisual materials – and provide access to this knowledge for as many people as possible. In order to increase public awareness of the considerable and time-sensitive potential for losing documents and make globally significant document collections visible, UNESCO lists universally important documents in the Memory of the World Register. Austria has 15 entries in the International Memory of the World Register and 59 documents and collections in the National Memory of Austria Register.


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