EMC Announces 2013 "Heritage Trust" Contest Now Accepting Nominations

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EMC Announces 2013 "Heritage Trust" Contest Now Accepting Nominations

Previous Information Heritage Initiative Recipient, The Finca Vigia Foundation, Brings More than 5,000 Hemingway Documents to the United States Through Digitization

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HOPKINTON, Mass., May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 

News Highlights:

  • EMC is now accepting nominations for 2013 Heritage Trust Project grants to support projects that practice and encourage the stewardship of cultural information in local communities around the world.
  • EMC has provided Heritage Trust grants to 35 historic preservation projects over the last six years.
  • Founded in 2007, the broader EMC Information Heritage Initiative program has donated more than $35 million to preserve cultural information globally through digitization.
  • EMC Information Heritage Initiative recipient, The Finca Vigia Foundation, announces the sharing of Hemingway artifacts through the JFK Library.

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EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) announced today that the 2013 EMC Heritage Trust Project is now accepting nominations for grants. Grants will support projects that practice and encourage the stewardship of cultural information in local communities around the world.

To date, EMC® has recognized 35 projects with Heritage Trust grants and, through the broader EMC Information Heritage Initiative program, has donated more than $35 million to help advance the conservation of information heritage globally. Founded in 2007, the EMC Information Heritage Initiative program recognizes organizations and individuals that protect and preserve cultural information from around the world through digitization, allowing readily accessible online research and education. In conjunction with the program, the EMC Heritage Trust Project recognizes and supports local people and projects that practice and inspire the digital stewardship of the world's information heritage.

This year, EMC's Heritage Trust Project will accept applications in 10 countries: Brazil, Canada, Chile, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, and United States. Applications will be accepted from May 8 - June 14, 2013.

The EMC Heritage Trust Project grant recipients are selected based on the following criteria: potential size of the audience that would benefit from access to the information they are seeking to protect; the at-risk status of the information and why it is urgent to digitize; and how beneficial the EMC grant would be to the overall success of the project.

For more information on nominations, visit:  http://www.emc.com/corporate/sustainability/strengthening-communities/heritage.htm

EMC's Information Heritage Initiative Recipient – the Finca Vigia Foundation

On Monday, May 6, the Finca Vigia Foundation announced that under an agreement with the Cuban government, it has digitized 2,000 new images of materials relating to Pulitzer Prize winning author, Ernest Hemingway. EMC, a sponsor of the digitization as part of the Information Heritage Initiative, was on hand during an event in Washington, D.C. to announce the transfer of these historical materials. These new 2,000 join 3,000 brought out of Cuba in 2008. 

The original materials, which include letters, passports from 1937 and 1945, telegrams, household accounts, grocery bills and observations on hurricanes among other items, are currently housed at Hemingway's former Cuban estate.  The digital copies of the documents will be available for research at the John F. Kennedy Library later this year, joining its existing Hemingway collection.                

Executive Quote

Jessica Anderson, Director, Community Involvement, EMC Corporation

"EMC's Information Heritage Initiative enables some of the world's most culturally important artifacts to be preserved for generations to come. We are honored to work with the Finca Vigia Foundation to bring a glimpse into Ernest Hemingway's life to the United States. Through EMC's Heritage Trust Project, we are able support smaller, yet equally important, digitization projects in local communities, increasing the level of knowledge and accessibility globally.

About EMC

EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing.  Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at www.EMC.com.

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