The National Institute of Studies and Research and the National Library Of Guinea-Bissau, the Guyanese Association of Documentalists, Archivists and Librarians presented new digital equipment offered by the UN to preserve the country’s history.
“With this equipment, we are committed to creating a digital library for Guinea-Bissau” stated Director General of the Iaguba Djaló Library.
Due to the 1998 and 1999 Civil War, most of the historical documents and archives of various public institutions were destroyed.
The recovery of this memory will be possible through digital equipment that will allow 120,000 documents, 3,000 photographic images, 8,000 films and 4,000 microfilms to be digitised.
Iaguba Djaló affirms that it is a difficult job to limit in time due to two aspects, first aspect the well-trained and motivated human resources, financial and transport means.
The second aspect is the preservation of documents due to the tropical climate with excessive and temperatures that can be harmful to organic matter.
It also suggests the rehabilitation of buildings so that the necessary conditions for the preservation of documents are created.
Written by: Cristina Lopes Da Fonseca
Source: Noticias ao Minuto