UPP started a long-lasting, fruitful cooperation with the Iraqi National Libraries and Archives (INLA) in Baghdad since 2004. Several cooperation projects have been implemented since then, with the aim of strengthening the skills of INLA staff in technical fields such as book preservation, conservation and digitization.
Similar projects run by UPP have been involving religious entities in both Baghdad and KRG, with the aim of safeguarding the historical written heritage of several communities like Armenian, Baha'i, Chaldean, Sabean-Mandean, Shabak, Syriac, Turkmen and Yazidi. Next projects will be focusing on strengthening the role of youth amongst some of the same communities.
At present, UPP is implementing a cultural project funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Municipality of Florence (Italy), which aims at safeguarding the tangible and intangible Iraqi cultural heritage. Actions of capacity building in the management of an architectural and archaeological involve local Institution like the High Commission for the Revitalization of the Erbil Citadel (HCREC), while specialist training programs involve the INLA staff in the area of preservation of valorization of audio and video cultural heritage.
During last month of March 2014, three officers from Iraqi National Library and Archives (INLA) in Baghdad followed an intensive training course in Italy about digitization techniques and long lasting digital archival storage techniques of aural cultural heritage. The technical training was organized in collaboration with the National Central Library of Florence and the Central Institute for the Aural and Audiovisual Heritage in Rome, which are both part of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. INLA has now been provided with most updated techniques to restore and keep the audio video materials, as well as with technical information on special equipment necessary to install an audio archival unit inside its own premises, where these activities will be carried out independently.