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Sub-Committee on Education and Research

The Sub-Committee on Education and Research (SCEaR) was established in June 2013.


It's mission is twofold:

  • work out strategies and concepts for institutionalizing education and research on Memory of the World, its registers and the world documentary heritage in a sustainable manner, as well in institutions of higher learning and in schools,
  • help develop innovative curricula and research on Memory of the World and/or on documents, especially in an interdisciplinary and international manner and related to the internet.

Members of the Sub-Committee on Education and Research

Chair: Mr Lothar Jordan (Jordan.MoW(at)gmx.de)

Rapporteur: Ms Roslyn Russell


Ms Helen Asamoah-Hassan
Mr Martin Porter
Mr. John Van Oudenaren


The Sub-Committee on Education and Research develops and fosters a network of "Cooperating Institutions and Corresponding Members" that contribute to the tasks of the SCEaR. They represent different disciplines and regions as well as different types of memory institutions. 

This is one way that the SCEaR endeavours to build partnerships in the academic world, memory institutions and institutes, and with individuals, in all disciplines and knowledge institutions in which documents play a major role in research and teaching – such as history, different historical sub-disciplines, philologies, engineering/ technology, and of course, research and teaching by and for archives, libraries, and museums.

This may be of keen interest especially to those for whom the importance of documents and the relevance of the Internet and other ICTs as major future tools in education and research provide opportunities for interdisciplinarity and international orientation. The growing number of digitization projects is clear evidence of their importance. They open local and national sources and knowledge to the world. This process – common to archives, libraries, museums, universities - requires new strategies for education and research, e.g. new ways of mediating documents to a worldwide audience with its linguistic and cultural diversity.

The SCEaR is building bridges between old and new forms of documents, joining knowledge on paleography and digital heritage under one roof; tertiary education and the institutions of memory; scholarship and the general public (see more under: Documents - information sheet Researchers)

SCEaR not only targets the tertiary level of education, but schools as well. Schools and teachers are invited to contact us if they are interested in documents as subjects and means of education: be it documents of the Memory of the World Programme; other documents of interest for the school and school students; documents of international, national, regional or local relevance or of special significance for different communities (see more under Documents - information sheet Schools).

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