During this visit Comodini Cachia met the Chief Notary to the Government Dr Keith German and Dr Joan Abela President of the Malta Notarial Archives Resources Centre.
Therese Comodini Cachia has been appointed as EU rapporteur responsible for the European copyright reform and wanted to experience first hand the meticolous work being done at the Notarial Archives particularly in preserving our national heritage through digitization. Comodini Cachia said that “we have to give the opportunity to citizens to access such documents.” She appreciated works at the Notarial Archives being done by workers and volontiers for the preservation of such important legal documents which portray the cultural, social and economic aspects of our forefathers.
Dr Keith German explained that with the help of EU funds the Notarial Archives will be transformed into a living museum where researchers can have access through the documents held at the archives, most of which were discovered in precarious state. Dr Joan Abela said that foreign universities are interested in the archives with study visits already underway for students specifically for research purposes. She also appealed to the Government to facilitate further access to funds for better administration of the Notarial Archives.
Dr Comodini Cachia had the opportunity to discuss aspects of the copyright reform with researchers and volonteers who where present during the visit. As part of her work, Therese Comodini Cachia will also emphasise on further collaboration between different European countries in the field of research. This can also be done through the creation of specialized networks bringing together foreign researchers to can give their expertise in the digitization of documents.
Earlier this month, Therese Comodini Cachia launched a new page in her website www.comodinicachia.eu/feedback, were the general public can submit their proposals for the copyright reform.