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.
to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.
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.
to rot or decompose.
having to do with numbers (or digits), often in a format used by computers.
to form or officially organize.
study of folk or indigenous music and the way it relates to local societies.
cultural or family background.
unable to be changed.
failure to pay attention.
having to do with public policy, government, administration, or elected office.
first or most important.
to encourage or help.
to pass or switch from one to another.
United Nations Noun
international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.
hard plastic formerly used for making audio records.
capable of being hurt.