• On October 27, 2005, the United Nations first celebrated the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. “Audiovisual heritage” includes films, television programs, radio, and other audio and video recordings. The UN recognizes these audiovisual materials as the primary documents of the 20th and 21st centuries. These may include arts programs, recordings of political speeches, and historic events.
    According to the UN, “much of the world's audiovisual heritage has already been irrevocably lost through neglect, destruction, decay and the lack of resources, skills, and structures.” By some accounts, experts have no more than 15 years to transfer vulnerable audiovisual materials to digital records.
    International programs to promote the conservation of audiovisual heritage include a celebration of ethnomusicology in New Delhi, India; the screening of a nearly lost historical film on early 20th century Mexico in Mexico City; and the establishment of a “Vinyl Lounge” in Canberra, Australia, to share and preserve vinyl records.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    audiovisual Adjective

    having to do with sound and visuals.

    celebrate Verb

    to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

    conservation Noun

    management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.

    Encyclopedic Entry: conservation
    culture Noun

    learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.

    decay Verb

    to rot or decompose.

    destruction Noun


    digital Adjective

    having to do with numbers (or digits), often in a format used by computers.

    establish Verb

    to form or officially organize.

    ethnomusicology Noun

    study of folk or indigenous music and the way it relates to local societies.

    heritage Noun

    cultural or family background.

    irrevocably Adverb

    unable to be changed.

    neglect Noun

    failure to pay attention.

    political Adjective

    having to do with public policy, government, administration, or elected office.

    primary Adjective

    first or most important.

    promote Verb

    to encourage or help.

    transfer Verb

    to pass or switch from one to another.

    United Nations Noun

    international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.

    vinyl Noun

    hard plastic formerly used for making audio records.

    vulnerable Adjective

    capable of being hurt.