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Training Media Professionals and Workers in Digital Archiving and Management of Media Content

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The core of Barbados' media content (audio and video) relating to national memory is housed in the collections of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and the Barbados Government Information Service. At present, the potential of these collections for national development remains unrealised; much of the material is uncatalogued; access is mainly institutional or non-existent due to fragility or rarity. The collections are also threatened by technological obsolescence as well as chemical and physical degradation. The media of the region have a critical role to play in preserving and disseminating the cultures of the region while promoting cultural diversity and integration in the Caribbean. In recognition of this, Caribbean media are placing increasing emphasis on indigenous programming, the content of which would be drawn from the audiovisual collections of the region. Consequently, this project seeks to train media professional s and workers to preserve and conserve invaluable elements of Barbados' cultural capital and create the level of interconnectivity that would make this information available to the widest possible user base. This is to be achieved at two levels: through the development of indigenous programmes and the creation of the prototype of a national electronic databank of existing image and sound formats that are of national and regional significance. To that end, provision will be made to include the audiovisual collections of other culture-based organisations. In this age of globalisation, it is critical to reaffirm and celebrate our Caribbean cultural identity and preserve it in forms that are technologically compliant with and accessible through the mass media, and to share these cultural treasures in a way that is only achievable through mass media.

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354 BAR 5061

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The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS)
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The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is a statutory Corporation, created by an Act of Parliament in 1963. The Corporation is mandated to provide public service broadcasting to the community. CBC's purpose is to provide a medium for communicating programmes of the highest quality in both transmission and content to attract audiences and advertisers. The CBC operates three (3) radio stations and one (1) television station. It's vision is to be a viable organization of broadcasting excellence, innovation and integrity that is financially sound and sustainable, with the mission of providing consistently superior, quality educational, informative and entertaining programmes and services that inspire and enrich Caribbean peoples' lives while creating a stimulating environment that enhances the quality of life of its employees.

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Alton Grizzle, a.grizzle@unesco.org;

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All of the foreseen activities in the work-plan were implemented by the beneficiary. Audio and video relating to national memory housed in the collections of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and the Barbados Government Information Service were identified. Necessary digitization equipment purchased and media professionals trained in digital archiving and cataloguing techniques and the digitization and catalouging process initiated. The project was successfully concluded by the beneficiary, with the financial and technical reports submitted to UNESCO/KNG.

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The project yielded the following results: ? At least 30 media professionals and workers trained in areas relating to digital archiving and management of media content ? Prototype of a national electronic audiovisual databank designed and developed including database and network system ? A report on the assessment of the status and condition of the audio-visual collections of CBC and BGIS completed and made available to relevant stakeholders ? Enhanced capacity of the CBC and the Barbados Government Information Services BGIS to facilitate on-going digitization of media content.