17. Co-operation

The exchange of information between archives performing preservation work is strongly encouraged, as is the dissemination of information to small collections that do not merit the maintenance of obsolescent hardware and are not able to transfer their holdings to digital, let alone undertake the permanent future maintenance of such digital corpora. The information should cover all aspects of preservation work.

The greater part of the world’s heritage of audiovisual documents reflecting the linguistic and cultural diversity of mankind is kept in comparatively small institutions. Because of their endemic lack of financial resources, these institutions cannot be seen as archives in the narrower sense. Moreover, considerable quantities of materials of international importance are still kept by the scholars and other private individuals who collected them. These smaller collections will be able to prioritise their work when they learn about problematic carriers and the actions undertaken by larger archives. In several instances, larger archives may be able to perform certain preservation activities for smaller institutions. National and international co-operation in this respect is imperative. National Archives with a DMSS should consider hosting smaller sound file collections until digital preservation becomes widely affordable.