(7 March 2016, Singapore) Singapore will adopt a three-pronged approach to preserve its historical records, including making them more accessible to the public, said Communications and Information Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim at the opening ceremony of the Joint Technical Symposium on Monday (Mar 7).
Dr Yaacob said the first step is to build and digitise the country’s national collection.
“The National Archives has been working very hard on digitising the footage,” said Dr Yaacob. “We need to do this urgently before file formats and the machines to read them become obsolete. A major focus area for the next few years would be in digitising records that are in such at-risk formats, lest we lose the precious content forever. In the next few years, we aim to digitise over 20,000 such at-risk materials.”
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