Best global practices of preserving the cultural heritage were reviewed by participants of Digital Culture strategic case session


Ugra State Library hosted Digital Culture strategic case session within the XI International IT Forum Attended by BRICS and SCO Countries.

It was organized by the Government of Ugra, Department of Culture of the Autonomous Okrug and Ugra State Library.

The main subjects for discussion at the case session were issues of IT innovations in culture, improving the quality of communications with multimedia resources, the experience of digitizing the cultural heritage by cultural institutions in BRICS and SCO countries, using the content of the Presidential Library as a means of nurturing the feelings of citizenship and patriotism, promoting cultural institutions by building informational literacy, and the impact of the cultural space of BRICS and SCO countries’ regions on the global cultural space.

Case session facilitators were: Irina Kibkalo, Acting Director, Ugra Department of Culture; Tatyana Yakuba, Ph.D. Social Sciences, Director General, Far East State Academic Library (Khabarovsk); and Vladimir Kosarevskiy, Director, A.A. Akhmatova Central Library No. 197 (Moscow).

The case session at Ugra State Library was attended by 75 participants from Russia, the People’s Republic of China, and Hungary. Representatives of all 22 municipalities of the Autonomous Okrug also joined the discussion via video conference.

11 speeches were made at the session, demonstrating the application of information technologies to various aspects of preserving the cultural heritage of BRICS and SCO countries.

The event focused on presenting and discussing projects by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation devoted to the digital environment.

The strategic case session made it possible to present the cutting-edge experience and best practices of digitizing the cultural heritage and also discuss the importance of creating a single Ugra information space and the unique work experience of colleagues from Hungary and the People’s Republic of China.

The experience of foreign partners was presented within case studies by representatives of Antal Reguly House Museum and Public Creativity Palace from Hungary as well as Heilongjiang Province Library of the People’s Republic of China.

Case session participants learnt about the successful practice of Tyumen branch of B.N. Yeltsin Presidential Library as well as the implementation of Presidential Library in Ugra project. Today, 60 remote access centers based on libraries of educational institutions and the state archive operate in the Autonomous Okrug within this project

The cutting-edge experience and SMART Library concept implementation were presented by the team from Central Library of West Administrative District in Moscow. Participants learnt about arranging a full-scale coworking space, creating all conditions for comfortable work. The library is targeted at children and adults; you can get acquainted and work with contemporary information technologies there and master core jobs of the future.

The work at the case session confirmed that the parties have numerous interaction points, which generates new cultural and business links. Many of these can be implemented as agreements, including interregional ones. Based on the results of this work, an Interaction Agreement was signed between Ugra State Library and National Legal Information Center of the Republic of Belarus concerning issues of preparing and implementing joint awareness, cultural, and social programs and projects in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. This document will enable Ugra State Library to open a center of benchmark legal information of the Republic of Belarus.

Case session participants acknowledged that economic, educational and cultural aspects of sustainable development in national digital strategies were mutually complementary and encouraged international cooperation for the purpose of providing broader and more affordable access to digital technologies, developing relevant skills and competences and supporting the creation of mechanisms required for building a dynamic cultural and creative industry in the digital environment.

All comments and suggestions on the discussed subjects were reflected in the resolution of participants of Digital Culture strategic case session that will be published on the website of the XI International IT Forum.

General partners of IT Forum are Rostelecom, Lukoil, PRIME GROUP and Slavneft-Megionneftegaz.