Culture website promoting local knowledge preservation to be launched

10/16/2020 04:52 PM
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Taipei, Oct. 16 (CNA) The website of a government-led project to promote local knowledge preservation and open access to cultural materials will officially launch Saturday to mark this year's Taiwan Culture Day, the Ministry of Culture (MOC) announced Friday.

The Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank project curates historic recollections and documentation through words, images, artifacts, audiovisual assets and other creative mediums to reconstruct the history of Taiwan throughout different eras, the MOC said in a statement.

These collective memories will then be introduced to the world through its website, the MOC said.

The project was initiated in 2017 to record the diverse cultures present in Taiwan so that future generations will have access to the information and materials saved in the memory bank, Vice Culture Minister Lee Lien-chuan (李連權) said at a press conference on Friday.

"If a country does not have a record of its memory, then it does not have a history," according to Lee.

Since 2017, the MOC has been building its database with materials provided by various institutions and agencies, and currently has over 2.7 million items, Lee said.

Additionally, the National Research Institute of Chinese Medicine has been collecting records and oral knowledge associated with traditional healing practices and herbal remedies, the MOC said.

Others include an initiative supported by the Taoyuan City government, in which a minivan travels to military dependents' villages across the city to collect and collate local stories from retired veterans, the MOC said.

The general public are also invited to upload historical photos and stories of their memories onto the website, said Angela Lee, (李秀雯), an MOC section chief involved in the project.

The platform uses a Creative Commons license, a public copyright license that enables the distribution of otherwise copyrighted work under certain conditions, she said.

Taiwan Culture Day is celebrated Oct. 17 annually to commemorate Taiwanese democracy pioneer Chiang Wei-shui (蔣渭水), who established the Taiwanese Culture Association (臺灣文化協會) on Oct. 17, 1921, which set off a cultural enlightenment movement in Taiwan.

(By William Yen)

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