SOURCE: EMC Corporation

March 18, 2008 05:00 ET

EMC Heritage Trust Project Helps Organizations Preserve and Protect Information

HOPKINTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that seven organizations will receive EMC Heritage Trust Project awards totaling $100,000 to protect and improve access to information in communities around the world. EMC received 325 applications from 34 countries since announcing the inaugural awards program last May.

"Over the last decade, we've donated more than $20 million to information heritage preservation across the globe, including large-scale projects with the Smithsonian Institution and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum," said Joe Tucci, EMC's Chairman, President and CEO. "The EMC Heritage Trust Project extends this initiative to local communities around the world."

The EMC Information Heritage Initiative was formalized in 2007 to help preserve and protect humanity's information heritage and make important historical documents and cultural artifacts readily accessible via the Internet for research and education purposes. In conjunction with this initiative, the EMC Heritage Trust Project was created to recognize and support any public or private local organization, institution or individual projects around the world that are designed to protect and improve access to invaluable information.

The EMC Heritage Trust Project's distinguished judging committee reviewed the 325 applications and narrowed them down to 48 finalists. Award recipients were chosen based on the potential size of the audience that would benefit from access to this information; the at-risk status of the information and why it is so urgent to digitize the information; and how beneficial EMC's grant would be for the overall success of the project. This year's seven winners include:

-- The Music Library of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra - The EMC grant will pay for the hardware and software required for the preservation and cataloging of one of the oldest and significant music collections in Russia, making it widely available globally via the Web.

-- Flimmer Film AS - The EMC grant will allow the Norwegian organization to translate and share over the Web "My Days," an oral history project in which senior citizens share short, personal narratives from their everyday lives.

-- Center for the Study of Peace and Reconciliation (CsPR) - The EMC grant will allow the CsPR at Hitotsubashi University's Graduate School of Social Sciences in Japan to digitize its research materials on peace and reconciliation and the related issues of conflict, violence, memory and representation, including audio and video interview tapes, films, research cards and manuscripts.

-- Chiang Mai University Library - The EMC grant will help Chiang Mai University Library in Thailand to digitize traditional temple manuscripts dating back to the 16th century, many on palm-leaf material, tree bark paper and mulberry paper, as well as 350 microfilms from the 1980s containing the collections of 100 Buddhist temples.

-- Villa Ocampo - The EMC grant will restore, protect and digitize Victoria Ocampo's extensive library collection in Argentina, which includes more than 12,000 books and 1,000 periodicals, as well as letters, photographs and other personal papers. Victoria Ocampo was a well-known 20th century Latin American cultural figure who founded and published Sur, the most important literary magazine of its time in Latin America.

-- U'mista Cultural Society - The EMC grant will be used for staff and expenses necessary to digitize, document and archive the largest and oldest collection of Kwakwaka'wakw culture in Europe, held by the Ethnological Museum in Berlin. The Kwakwaka'wakw (also Kwakiutl) is an indigenous nation of 5,500 people who live in British Columbia on Vancouver Island.

-- The Edgar Allan Poe Museum - The EMC grant will fund staffing, equipment and post-digitization, acid-free storage of materials, to preserve the Richmond, Virginia, museum's collections of Poe artifacts, manuscripts, family ephemera and memorabilia.

"Although Poe always identified himself as a Virginian, his life and works truly belong to the world," says Katarina Spears, Executive Director at The Edgar Allan Poe Museum. "The EMC Heritage Trust Project has given the Poe Museum the opportunity to make this extremely rare and valuable historic collection available for research and enjoyment on a global scale while preserving it for the generations to come. We are thrilled by this opportunity."

Below is a complete list of EMC Heritage Trust Project finalists. The EMC Heritage Trust Project will begin accepting nominations for next year's awards on July 1, 2008. Winners will be announced in May 2009. Program details are available at www.EMC.com/heritage_trust.

                EMC Heritage Trust Project Finalists 2007
Argentina
         School of Natural Sciences, State University of Tucumán

Australia
         Australian Country Hospitals Heritage Association Inc.
         National Gallery of Australia (NGA)/Ballet Russes Digitisation
          Project
         Sydney Maritime Museum Ltd (Trading as Sydney Heritage Fleet)

Burkina Faso
         Burkina Faso National Museum

Canada
         AlouetteCanada
         Calgary Public Library
         Glenbow Museum
         Joggins Fossil Institute
         King Township Public Library
         The Bertrand Russell Archives, William Ready Division of Archives
          and Research Collections, McMaster University Library
         The Celtic Music Interpretive Centre Society
         The University of Prince Edward Island project "A Living Archives"
         The Wolfville Historical Society
         Trinity Historical Society Inc.

China
         Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center

Denmark
         Karlebo Lokalhistoriske Arkiv (Karlebo Archives for Local History)
         Kulturhistorisk Museum Randers (Cultural History Museum in
          Randers)

Germany
         Universitätsbibliothek (University Library) Johann Christian
          Senckenberg

Greece
         Foundation of the Hellenic World

India
         Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

Israel
         Yad Tabenkin Archives

Norway
         Blaker and Sørum historical society
         Halden Public Library
         Timbuktu Manuscripts Project: Catalogue Database

Peru
         Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos/Biblioteca
          Central Pedro Zulen

Poland
         KARTA Center Foundation/Archival Emergency Service

Spain
         Kutxa

United Kingdom
         The Freud Museum London

United States
         Brigham Young University Library
         Framingham Historical Society and Museum
         Georgetown University, Joseph Mark Lauinger Library
         Gunn Memorial Library
         Hopkinton Public Library
         Library Foundation of Los Angeles
         Rochester Museum & Science Center
         Simon Wiesenthal Center Library and Archives
         The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, NY
         The Institute for Arts and Media, Journalism Department, The
          Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication,
          California State University
         Virginia Historical Society
         Webster Family Library of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

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