SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, 11 Apr. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The General Insular Archive of La Gomera, dependent on the Cabildo, has completed the first phase of the digitization process of its historical collection, continuing with the proposed objectives to value the documentary heritage of the island, disseminating its collections through the use of the technology.
The digitization work, carried out by the staff of the General Insular Archive, began six months ago and, so far, fourteen handwritten books have been digitized, which translates into some ten thousand images.
This digital reproduction work has a double purpose: on the one hand, to preserve the original documents from inappropriate manipulation in order to guarantee their preservation and, on the other, to offer full accessibility to them by citizens and researchers.
In this way, any interested party, upon request, will have online access to documents that previously could only be consulted in the Archive’s offices, which will contribute to making the social function of the Archive more profitable.
FIRST PHASE OF DIGITALIZATION
In this first phase, the Plenary Minutes Books and the Management Commission have been digitized, covering the period from the constitution of the Island Council, on March 16, 1913, to May 6, 1972.
The Books of Minutes contain, in chronological order, all the minutes of the sessions held by the highest body of island government, and are a public instrument by which the secretary attests to the matters dealt with and the agreements adopted.
These documents must be classified as essential documents due to their special relevance and permanently preserved for their informative, testimonial and historical value, since they constitute a first-rate documentary source to understand and interpret the evolution of the contemporary history of the island of La Gomera.
It is thus one of the most important documentary series of all those that have been produced and are being produced in the corporation, given its value as reliable evidence of the powers and activities carried out by the insular Institution.