Cooperation between archives of Kazakhstan and South Korea

Cooperation between archives of Kazakhstan and South Korea

Kazakhstan and Korea are enhancing cooperation and are set to exchange experience as part of the ‘Archive 2025’ program implementation. The program was announced in ‘The Seven Facets of the Great Steppe’ article and includes the tasks specified in the memorandum signed two years ago between the Archive of the Kazakh President and the National Archives of Korea.

PARK SON BAE, STAFF, NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF KOREA:

- We started the digital conversion process of important documents in Korea in 1962, and we started scanning the documents 50 years ago. We converted 600,000 archival documents out of five million documents into digital media. We started using digital conversion equipment 10 years ago. We are planning to purchase new equipment next year.

Experts work with the archival documents every weekday. Damages on the digitized photographs are removed by specialists using photo editor. Paper media are scanned in a separate room. Employees wear masks and gloves in order to protect the documents. Electronic copies of portraits of leaders, gifts of foreign heads of state will also be preserved for future generations. Visitors can see a wagon model presented to President Roh Moo-Hyun during his visit to Astana.

PEK YOON HEE, GUIDE, PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM OF KOREA:

- Visitors can learn the information about 40 exhibits that are not on display at the exhibition. More information can be found on the website. This program was created in 2016. The originals are stored in the repository where a certain temperature suitable for each exhibit is maintained, the temperature of 18 degrees and humidity of 40 to 50%.

Evidence of Nursultan Nazarbayev’s first official visit to Seoul in 1995 will also be a valuable legacy for the future generations of the two countries. Archivists believe that the joint efforts will preserve the history in its original form to make this information available to both experts and the general public.