BOSTON (EMC World) - May 10, 2010 -
As part of the longstanding EMC Information Heritage Initiative, EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today announced a donation to the Finca Vigía Foundation and a series of grants spread across community organizations in China, India, South Africa, Poland, Canada and the United States to protect and improve access to some of the world's historical and cultural artifacts.
Formalized in 2007, the EMC Information Heritage Initiative advances the preservation of humanity's information heritage and makes historical documents and cultural artifacts readily accessible via the Internet for research and education purposes. Over the last decade, EMC has donated more than $20 million to support numerous information heritage preservation projects for organizations, such as Yad Vashem and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. EMC's latest Information Heritage Initiative partnership will provide equipment and technical support needed to help restore, preserve and archive Ernest Hemingway's irreplaceable books, artwork, letters, photographs, scrapbooks, documents and manuscripts from Finca Vigía, his home near Havana, Cuba.
"Ernest Hemingway is an iconic global figure," said Bill Teuber, EMC’s Vice Chairman. "As one of the world's leading technology companies, we strive to help preserve the world's heritage for posterity. And, we are honored to support the restoration and preservation of Hemingway's documents, photos and literature at Finca Vigía, as well as to help offer the world an intimate glimpse into the life of one the 20th century's preeminent authors."
Finca Vigía, Hemingway's principal home from 1940 to 1960, has been operated by Cuba's Consejo Nacional de Patrimonio (CNPC) since the author's death in 1961. With the assistance of the EMC Information Heritage Initiative, the Finca Vigía Foundation and specialists in Cuba will continue to restore and conserve thousands of Hemingway's literary and cultural artifacts. The conserved originals will remain in Cuba. Digital copies will be hosted at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Mass. An encrypted backup copy of all the information will be stored in an EMC cloud for disaster recovery purposes.
"Finca Vigía is a missing piece to the puzzle," said Sandra Spanier, Penn State Professor of English and General Editor of the Hemingway Letters Project, which is preparing more than a dozen volumes of Hemingway's letters for publication by Cambridge University Press. "Ernest Hemingway's personal library, filled with marginalia reflecting his tastes, opinions, literary inspirations, activities, and everyday concerns, affords fresh insight into his creative processes and opens the door to a new frontier of Hemingway studies."
To further its Information Heritage Initiative, EMC also announced the seven organizations receiving EMC Heritage Trust Project grants totaling approximately $100,000. The third-annual award recipients were chosen from 110 applicants based on factors including the potential size of the audience that would benefit from access to this information, the at-risk status of the information, and how beneficial the EMC's grant would be for the overall success of the project.
"Each and every day, organizations around the globe are trying to digitize and preserve cultural and community artifacts for future generations," said Teuber. "This year's EMC Heritage Trust Project grant recipients share our passion and commitment to capturing their local information heritage and, through these grants, will be better able to share this information with communities around the world."
This year's seven EMC Heritage Trust Project grant recipients include:
The EMC Heritage Trust Project will begin accepting nominations for next year's awards on September 1, 2010. For more information on the EMC Heritage Trust Project grant recipients, please visit www.emc.com/heritage_trust.
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