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Namibia launches archival app to preserve cultural heritage-Xinhua

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 Photo taken on Sept. 19, 2014 shows the sign of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage at the entrance of Twyfelfontein rock engraving site in Kunene Region, Namibia. (Xinhua/Gao Lei)

Namibia launched an archival application on Wednesday to improve accessibility, and preserve and promote the country’s cultural heritage through advanced technological means.

WINDHOEK, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) — Namibia launched an archival application on Wednesday to improve accessibility, and preserve and promote the country’s cultural heritage through advanced technological means.

Speaking at the launch, Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture Ester Nghipondoka said through its user-friendly interface and state-of-the-art features, the application will democratize access to historical records, making Namibia’s heritage more accessible and engaging for all.

“Archives are our cultural heritage and a foundation of our national identity. They reflect our shared history, diverse traditions, and the collective journey that has brought us to where we are today. As the custodians of this invaluable heritage, we must ensure the accessibility, protection, and preservation of these records for future generations,” she said.

 Photo taken on Sept. 19, 2014 shows an engraved slab at the Twyfelfontein rock engraving site in Kunene Region, Namibia, Sept. 19, 2014. (Xinhua/Gao Lei)

According to Nghipondoka, the application is poised to become a dynamic educational resource that will catalyze and enhance research and academic exploration.

“The Namibia Archival Application is more than just a tool; it serves as a gateway to various archival collections, which can be accessed simultaneously. It empowers researchers, historians, educators, and the public with seamless access to our archival collections,” she said. “By integrating our archives into the digital realm, we bridge the gap between tradition and technology, ensuring that our historical records are not only preserved but actively disseminated.”

She added that the application stands out as a significant leap in the country’s archival capabilities. “It is not just a software innovation, but a demonstration of our dedication to utilizing technology to enhance access to our archival collections.”

The initiative is a result of support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization and cooperation among Namibian entities. 

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