EMC WORLD, Orlando, Fla. - May 21, 2007 -
EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced the formation of the EMC Information Heritage Initiative. The new initiative was fashioned to advance EMC's mission to help preserve and protect humanity's information heritage and make important historical documents and cultural artifacts readily accessible via the Internet for research and education purposes.
The EMC Information Heritage Initiative is EMC's philanthropic and commercial endeavor to recognize the organizations and individuals leading the way to true stewardship of the world's information heritage. EMC and its partners believe that this mission demands that information be preserved, protected, and made globally accessible in digital form.
"A special group of men and women around the world serve as guardians, guides, contributors and advocates of information heritage collections and compilations," said, Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The EMC Information Heritage Initiative will seek out, recognize, honor, and support those who demonstrate exemplary stewardshipof the world's information treasures, whether on a global, national, regional, local or personal scale."
From its early days, EMC has been driven by a passion for providing better tools for preserving and managing information. As an output of this passion, and the placement of information at the core of its strategy, EMC has donated more than $20 million to information heritage preservation projects across the globe over the better part of the last decade. EMC Information Heritage Initiative represents the company's passage into a more formalized stage of this commitment.
Building on these contributions, EMC today announced $1 million donation of equipment, products and services to the Smithsonian. EMC information infrastructure technology will play an important role in establishing a common foundation for the digital preservation of – and Internet-based access to -- the Smithsonian's collections and research data.
EMC also announced the EMC Heritage Trust Project, which recognizes and supports projects in local communities around the world that are designed to protect this invaluable information and improve access to it. Any public or private local organization, institution, or any individual, may apply or be nominated for recognition and support. Examples include digital curation of the collections of a local library, museum or historical society; or of a significant private collection of music, letters, or art; or the archives and records of a local business, cultural, or educational institution. EMC Heritage Trust Project awards will include cash grants ranging from $5000 to $15,000.
Nomination forms and complete program details are available at www.EMC.com/heritage_trust. All applications and nominations will be reviewed by a distinguished review committee chaired by Daniel S. Morrow, Chief Historian Emeritus, and founding Executive Director, Computerworld Smithsonian Awards and Computerworld Honors Programs as well as member of the Board of Visitors, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina. Judging will be completed by January 30, 2008 and grant winners notified by February 14, 2008.
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