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IAU Resolution B3, 2000
Safeguarding the Information in Photographic Observations
The International Astronomical Union,
that unless urgent action is taken, this unique historical record of astronomical phenomena will be lost to future generations of astronomers,
the transfer of the historic observations onto modern media by digital techniques, which will provide worldwide access to the data so as to benefit astronomical research in a way that is well matched to the tools of the researcher in the future.