“Our current collection contains over 11,000 photographs and more than 890,000 pages of documents, and we have a lot more material waiting to be catalogued,” said Dr. Kok-Thay Eng, deputy director of DC-CAM. “Until now, we had no proper way of backing up this information so there was a risk that it could all be lost. Now, everything will be stored securely.”
For the last two decades, DC-CAM has collected hundreds of thousands of documents, images, and testimony from those who survived the Khmer Rouge era. The new system, which uses multiple servers in different secure locations, will ensure that the material is protected at all times.
“As the world has experienced with other atrocities and genocides, public participation and engagement is the only viable means for ensuring enduring peace, reconciliation, and healing from these dark periods in history,” said Rebecca Black, USAID Cambodia’s Mission Director. “I am so pleased that this new project can use technology to expand public access to these historical documents in a safe and secure manner.”
According to EZECOM CEO Paul Blanche-Horgan, at the heart of the storage solution is the utilization of colocation infrastructure and the establishment of a domestic VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection to EZECOM’s data center. The maintenance work and technical support is completely covered by EZECOM for a period of two years and can potentially be extended based on further agreements.
“We believe technology must develop alongside society, supporting the country's efforts to grow and encouraging innovation. The commitment to harness the power of technology to help make communities stronger is at the heart of all our work at EZECOM. That is why we are so pleased to join forces with DC-CAM,” said Blanche-Horgan.
The project costs nearly US$ 50,000, and involves contributions from the three stakeholders: EZECOM, DC-CAM, and Development Innovations, funded by USAID.
“With this project, we want to help preserve the valuable data from the Khmer Rouge period in order to further reconciliation efforts, while at the same time contributing to improving access to information in Cambodia. We hope that by educating and keeping the Cambodian public informed about the Khmer Rouge period, we will contribute to genocide prevention in the future,” said Mr. Theng Vibol, Development Innovations Partnership Program Manager.