Hopkinton, Mass. - October 29, 2007 -
EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced it will provide technological expertise and financial support to the Leonardo3 multimedia laboratory in Italy and the Search for the Jikji Campaign in Korea as part of the EMC Information Heritage Initiative. Introduced in May 2007, the EMC Information Heritage Initiative advances the preservation and protection of humanity’s information heritage to make important historical documents and cultural artifacts readily accessible for the future.
The Search for the Jikji Campaign is an international effort to locate the world’s oldest book produced with movable metal type, a Buddhist text printed in 1377. To support this effort, EMC will provide the Cheongju Early Printing Museum of Cheongju City, South Korea, with networked storage systems, servers and software needed to digitally archive and manage more than 2,600 relics, books, web sites, literature and images of important documents. The museum displays information about Korea’s printing traditions and history, promoting public understanding of the great achievements of Korea’s culture.
Leonardo3 is an innovative media company with the mission to study, interpret and make artistic and scientific heritage accessible through the use of innovative techniques. Its multimedia laboratory is dedicated to researching, interpreting and enabling people to visualize Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing engineering conceptions and innovations through high-resolution, three-dimensional reconstructions at educational exhibitions in cities around the world. For instance, Leonardo3 has reconstructed the “Codex of Flight” in which Leonardo produced detailed studies of the flight of birds and plans for several flying machines. EMC has provided financial support to Leonardo3, and the laboratory will be using EMC technologies to further develop the reconstructions to preserve and unlock the scientific value of this masterpiece.
“Much of the world’s priceless, irreplaceable information remains undigitized and at risk,” said William D. Jenkins, EMC’s Senior Vice President, Global Marketing. “Over the last decade, EMC has provided the expertise and information infrastructure technologies to help organizations, such as the Search for the Jikji Campaign and Leonardo3, optimize their information preservation projects and increase their presence globally.”
To date, EMC has donated more than $20 million to information heritage preservation projects at organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Herzogin Anna Amalia Library. In conjunction with this initiative, the EMC Heritage Trust Project recognizes and supports projects in local communities around the world that are designed to protect invaluable information and improve access to it. Any public or private local organization, institution or individual may apply or be nominated for this recognition and support, which includes cash grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. Nominations for this year’s EMC Heritage Trust Project are due on Friday, November 30, 2007.
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