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Digital store to be added to Sri Lanka’s National Archives Dept

The conservation division of the National Archives Dept – Image credit: http://www.archives.gov.lk/

ECONOMYNEXXT – Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to establish a “digital store” to conserve the digital content archived at the Department of National Archives, the cabinet office said.

The proposal, made by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, seeks to establish a storage facility for digital content “adhering to international standards on digital conservation to ensure accountability and authenticity of those digital documents”.

“The National Archives is fortified with legitimate reserves of all publications including newspapers published in Sri Lanka from the 19th century as well as invaluable documents created in the Dutch and British colonial reigns since 1640 AD,” the cabinet office said in a statement today.

“This collection is swelling day by day due to the enormous heap of documents added including the digital publications and documentaries, broadcasting and telecasting, websites and electronic mail (sic),” it added.

The Department of National Archives in its current form operates under the provisions of the National Archives Law No. 48 of 1973, and National Archives (Amendment) Act No. 30 of 1981 and was originally established in 1947. The pursuit of palace-sanctioned archiving in Sri Lanka goes back to at least the late 18th century, but modern systematic archiving began in the Dutch period with the establishment of a library of archives in Galle in 1640. (Colombo/Apr06/2021)

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