UNESCO urges recognition of software source code as part of sustainable development heritage

UNESCO has recently released the ‘Paris call’ to recognise software source code as an important aspect of the heritage of mankind for sustainable development. Among other points, the call urges all UNESCO member states to “integrate the scientific fundamentals of computing/informatics within general education for all citizens”, and to “recognise the importance of contributions by people of all genders from all over the world to the software commons, supporting a diverse and inclusive environment for all aspects of software development and curation”.

The supporting document of the call underlines the importance of acquiring digital skills early in both formal and informal education, and states that “basic literacies like reading, writing and numeracy, that everyone should master in childhood, will be joined by the fundamentals of computer science and informatics.”