New technology provides a possibility of capturing the information inﬁnity. In an interesting turn of events, globalisation strengthens the desire to recognise the identities of individuals and nations. Libraries have a great responsibility in this respect and can only successfully fulﬁl it in association with other institutions in charge of documentary heritage.
The paper is an adapted lecture presented to the COBISS 2007 International Conference in November 2007 in Maribor, dedicated to the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.
Preserving cultural identity is equally important as preserving biodiversity. No country in the world can be regarded as culturally homogenous. Libraries are of key importance for coexistence in a multicultural environment and for the development of multicultural competence.
The author introduces the project called Uniﬁcation of the Use of Codes for Languages and Scripts in COBISS.Net, completed at IZUM in November 2007. As a result of the changes to the list of codes for languages a conversion of encrypted data on the language had to be carried out.