The National Mission for Manuscripts of India, in association with UNESCO, completed a research study to assist in the development of legal and policy framework and protocols for promoting equitable access to documentary heritage, relevant to India and other South Asian countries. Entitled Legal and Policy Framework for Promoting Equitable Access to Documentary Heritage
, the study seeks to accurately identify and critically examine the legal and policy framework for promoting equitable access to documentary heritage.
The National Mission for Manuscripts is the most important institution in India dealing with bibliographic databases and the conservation and preservation of valuable manuscripts. The study covers the legal and policy framework which envelops the lifecycle of the Mission’s work: access to manuscripts, their digitisation and creation of databases.
Several of its recommendations apply with equal strength to all efforts at cultural preservation.
Full length report can be acessed here