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ichLinks Platform Server Down Notice
The ichLinks platform is planning to implement server down for a new change.
The platform will not be used smoothly during the announced time.
[ Down time 1 ] 2022. 12. 13. Tuesday / 09:00~18:00(8 hour) UTC+9
[ Down time 2 ] 2022. 12. 16. Friday / 18:00~23:59(6 hour) UTC+9
ICHCAP and BIPA Signed MoU for the Development of Digital Cultural Heritage Content of ASEAN
On 19 April, International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (hereinafter referred to as “ICHCAP”) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency (hereinafter referred to as “BIPA”) to cooperate in digital cultural heritage content sector by linking up the ‘ichLinks’ with ‘ASEAN·ROK ICT Convergence Village’ project.
The ‘ASEAN·ROK ICT Convergence Village’ was established in 2020, which is a joint operation of the BIPA and the city of Busan, as a follow-up action to the 2019 Korea-ASEAN Commemorative Summit in Busan. It aims to expand exchanges and cooperation in creating 5G immersive content and encourage mutual growth in the field of digital content between the Republic of Korea and ASEAN. Supported by the Ministry of Science and ICT and National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA), the ‘ASEAN·ROK ICT Convergence Village’ has been working on ▲ supporting extended reality (XR) companies in ASEAN and Korea ▲ providing marketing support services for businesses specializing in digital content ▲ providing testbeds and infrastructure for creating 5G-based XR content ▲ operating the XR Academy, etc.
ICHCAP and BIPA decided to cooperate for ▲ operating a cooperative project in the field of digital cultural heritage content in the Asia-Pacific region ▲ sharing organizational networks ▲ co-hosting an XR content workshop ▲ supporting Korean ICT companies to launch into the Asia-Pacific region, etc.
With this chance, it is expected that the intersectoral synergy in the field of digital content based on each organization’s expertise will be expanded.
Inviting the New Partner Organizations for ichLinks
ICHCAP is recruiting the new Partner Organizations for ichLinks, an ICH Information-Sharing Platform in the Asia-Pacific.
ichLinks was opened in March 2021 as an online platform(www.ichlinks.com) that provides services related to ICH in cooperation with UNESCO Member States in the Asia-Pacific region. So far, about 9,000 archive data and 38 special contents are being serviced.
Partner Organizations are designated among the representative institutions in charge of collecting and managing ICH data of each country. So far, ichLinks has partnered with 12 organizations in 12 countries, and the list of current Partner Organizations can be found here.
When designated as a Partner Organization, it can take part in the Executive Committee, and share the ICH data possessed by the organization through ichLinks. Moreover, it can receive the financial and technical supports for building an ICH database, developing ICH content, recruiting project staff, purchasing necessary equipments or IT consultation, upon their request.
Organizations wishing to apply can fill out the attached application form and submit it to the ichLinks Secretariat (email@example.com) by 25 March 2022 (Fri).
We look forward to your participation.
Held the 2nd ichLinks Executive Committee
The Committee meeting screen © ICHACP
The 2nd ichLinks Executive Committee was held online on December 9, 2021 (Thursday), from 2 pm to 5 pm (KST). Twelve Partner Organizations (Malaysia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Bhutan, Singapore, Uzbekistan, India, Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Fiji) participated and had a fruitful discussion.
The Committee was chaired by Dr. Rustam Muzafarov, Deputy Chairman of Kazakhstan National Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, who was elected at the first Committee meeting in June. The agenda discussed were as follows.
[Agenda 1] Share ichLinks Project Guidelines
[Agenda 2] Reports on 2020-2021 ichLinks support projects’ results and suggestions to improve ichLinks
[Agenda 3] Reports on 2021-2022 ichLinks support projects’ plans and suggestions to improve ichLinks
[Agenda 4] ichLinks’ mission, vision, roadmap and suggestions for future programmes (ICHCAP)
[Agenda 5] Adopt Operational Rules on ichLinks Executive Committee
Dr. Rustam Muzafarov, Chairperson of the ichLinks Executive Committee © ICHCAP
ICHCAP, the Secretariat of the ichLinks platform, shared ichLinks’ mission, vision and the 1st phase roadmap (2020-2025), and also explained each stage’s goals and activities. In addition, cooperative projects that all Partner Organizations can participate in was proposed. In particular, the programme for artisans’ networking to share good practices of sustainable development through modernization and commercialization of traditional crafts was supported by many Partner Organizations.
Proposed programme for exchange of traditional artisans © ICHCAP
Partner Organizations also proposed several cooperative projects such as joint research on shared ICH elements, multilingual translation of ichLinks content, and establishment of a common archive on the theme of traditional music and musical instruments. Furthermore, the Partner Organizations expressed great interest in the archive management package that is being developed by ICHCAP this year.
The Chairperson, Dr. Muzafarov expressed his special thanks to ICHCAP for initiating the ichLinks project. He mentioned that ichLinks opened a new chapter in the safeguarding of ICH. He also pointed out that the general public in Kazakhstan is starting to take an interest in ICH and understand the need to safeguard ICH through ichLinks.
ICHCAP plans to share the results of the 2nd Executive Committee with all Partner Organizations and hold a working-level meeting early next year as soon as the archive package development is completed. Also, the cooperative projects proposed during the meeting will be further elaborated and be implemented in collaboration with Partner Organizations next year.
2021 ichLinks Open Archive Contest
ICHCAP is planning to hold ichLinks Open archive contest from October 25 to November 25.
ichLinks Open archive aims to be performed as a channel for discovering and sharing the ICH stories around our daily lives.
Safeguarding ICH needs our interest and attention rather than special people or devices.
Through diverse viewpoints from the public, ichLinks Open Archive would like to meet various ICH stories with various aspects and the value of cultural diversity.
ICHCAP will select a total of 51 winners and give them prizes. The awards to be offered in each category are; First Prize for 1 person, The second Prize (10 people), The third Prize (40 people).
The contest is open for everyone. Applicants can join the ichLinks platform through SNS and register their submissions.
ICHCAP expects that the contest will help raise public awareness of ICH in their daily lives, which leading ICH safeguarding.
The 1st ichLinks Executive Committee Meeting
The 1st ichLinks Executive Committee Meeting was held on June 29, 2021, online. Representatives of the current partner organizations from five countries (Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam) and future partners from four countries (Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, and Singapore) were present.
During this 1st meeting, the Committee discussed draft Project Guidelines and the Operational Rules of ichLinks Executive Committee, elected the first Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, and shared the progress reports on the status of the first ichLinks supported projects of Mongolia, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, and Vietnam. The Committee also discussed the provisional agenda for the 2nd Committee meeting as well as the working-level meeting.
Mr. Rustam Muzafarov (Deputy Chairman, National Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Kazakhstan) and Mr. Bui Hoai Son (Director, Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies) were elected as the first Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson respectively. Their term of office is one year, which is until June 28, 2022.
ICHCAP will additionally collect opinions from partner organizations on the Project Guidelines and Operational Rules of the Executive Committee and will discuss them at the 2nd Committee meeting at the end of this year. In addition, by holding a working-level meeting in August, ICHCAP plans to conduct technical training and provide manuals to partner organizations so they can directly upload their ICH data to the ichLinks platform.
The current ICH data of partner organizations uploaded to date can be found in the archives of the ichLinks.
ichLinks Official Launching Ceremony Successfully Held
ichLinks Official Launching Ceremony was successfully held on 27 May 2021 with participation of 120 audiences from 29 countries around the world including five partner organizations and speakers.
ICHCAP will continue to expand ichLinks' partner organizations and provide more opportunities to communicate one another.
Detailed information about the event will be distributed through ICHCAP’s e-newsletter and ICH Courier in the near future. You may also watch the recorded video of the entire event on ICHCAP’s YouTube channel.
Invitation for ichLinks Official Launching Ceremony
ichLinks Official Launching Ceremony AD image © ICHCAP
Invitation for ichLinks Official Launching Ceremony
27 May 2021 (14:00-16:00, GMT +9, online)
The International Information & Networking Center for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP), which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, has established an online information sharing platform called ‘ichLinks (www.ichlinks.com)’.
The ichLinks platform contains information about more than a thousand elements of the intangible cultural heritage (ICH), as well as thousands of photos, videos, audio materials, publications, and information on experts and organizations. It also publishes updated information about upcoming and past conferences, seminars and events.
To celebrate the official launch of ichlinks and invite new partner organizations, ICHCAP holds the online launching ceremony on 27 May 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00 (Korea Standard Time). During the event, there will be presentations and demonstrations on the ichLinks as well as the users’ feedback.
If you are interested in joining, please register yourself at www.ichlinks.events.
Should you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.