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SABC Media Libraries: World Book & Copyright Day 23 April 2012 #WorldBookDay

SABC Media Libraries: World Book & Copyright Day 23 April 2012 #WorldBookDay | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

UNESCO describes the theme as a specific focus on books and translation this year:

"23 April is a symbolic date for world literature for on this date in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.
It was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. In this respect, UNESCO created both the World Book and Copyright Day and the UNESCO Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance.
The year 2012 also marks the 80th anniversary of the Index Translationum. This international bibliography of translation provides a unique tool for the monitoring of translation flows in the world. UNESCO will celebrate this anniversary by organizing a debate on this instrument."
- UNESCO World Book Day

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UNESCO World Day for AudioVisual Heritage | International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives

UNESCO World Day for AudioVisual Heritage | International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

UNESCO declared October 27 as the World Day for AV Heritage to raise awareness of the significance of AV documents and to draw attention to the need to safeguard them. Every year, activities are organized by different institutions worldwide around a theme to drum up interest in the event.

See here for a message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO.

The main World Day for AV Heritage Site lists many 2011 events worldwide:
http://www.pia.gov.ph/wdavh2011/

 

This page lists some of the events being organised by IASA members to mark the day in 2011.

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WSIS Knowledge Communities: Global Open Access Portal Launched

WSIS Knowledge Communities: Global Open Access Portal Launched | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Global Open Access Portal (GOAP), aiming at presenting a top level view of Open Access to scientific information, was launched at a special side event organized during the UNESCO General Conference, on Tuesday 1 November 2011, at Paris Headquarters.

The portal has country reports from over 148 countries with weblinks to over 2000 initiatives/projects in Member States. The GOAP is a knowledge portal that has the following features:

 

Country-wise distilled knowledge on the status of Open Access

Key organizations engaged in OA in Member States

Thematic focus areas of OA

Important publications on OA coming from different regions of the world

Critical assessment of major barriers to OA in each country

Potential of OA in UNESCO Member States

Funding and deposit mandates

Links to OA initiatives in the world

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