This partnership builds on state-of-the-art digital visual and sound processing technologies for the production of short digital TV documentaries on Heritage using Hi-Vision technology as well as quality 3-D moving images and reconstruction images related to heritage.
These videos have been edited and adapted especially by UNESCO for online access. They are part of the NHK World Heritage 100 Series.
In the long term, these documentaries are expected to cover all World Heritage sites, as well as all cultural expressions and spaces protected by the International Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. This initiative echoes the vision of UNESCO´s Director-General, Koichiro Matsuura: "The preservation of the world's Heritage must mean contributing to the protection of cultural diversity in all its forms. Cultural Heritage is an open notion evoking the universal nature of human creativity. It encompasses not only magnificent temples but also living culture".
Concurrently, a data-base system will allow such images to be utilized for various projects, such as DVD and other audio-visual package operations, public exhibitions, new types of exhibition using virtual reality systems, and production of quality replicas for exhibition and academic uses. To ensure the scientific accuracy of the project, an advisory committee has been established and is chaired by 'UNESCOs Goodwill Ambassador Professor Ikuo Hirayama. The first meeting of this advisory committee took place on 2 and 3 March 2005.