The UIS Glossary includes statistical terms related to education, science, technology and innovation, culture, and communication & information . Some of the entries contain translations in one or more of the following languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish. Other entries provide more detailed information, such as definitions, calculation formulas for indicators and sources. Indicators are marked with an asterisk (*).

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Intangible cultural heritage

Practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognise as part of their cultural heritage. This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.
Source Definition
UNESCO, Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, 2003.

Patrimoine culturel immatériel

Pratiques, représentations, expressions, connaissances et savoir-faire - ainsi que les instruments, objets, artefacts et espaces culturels qui leur sont associés - que les communautés, les groupes et, le cas échéant, les individus reconnaissent comme faisant partie de leur patrimoine culturel. Ce patrimoine culturel immatériel, transmis de génération en génération, est recréé en permanence par les communautés et groupes en fonction de leur milieu, de leur interaction avec la nature et de leur histoire, et leur procure un sentiment d'identité et de continuité, contribuant ainsi à promouvoir le respect de la diversité culturelle et la créativité humaine.
Source de la définition
UNESCO, Convention pour la sauvegarde du patrimoine culturel immatériel, 2003.

Patrimonio cultural inmaterial

Usos, representaciones, expresiones, conocimientos y técnicas -así como instrumentos, objetos, artefactos y espacios culturales asociados con él- que las comunidades, los grupos y, en algunos casos, los individuos reconozcan como parte integrante de su patrimonio cultural. Este patrimonio cultural inmaterial se transmite de generación en generación, es recreado constantemente por las comunidades y grupos en función de su entorno, su interacción con la naturaleza y su historia e infunde a las comunidades y los grupos un sentimiento de identidad y de continuidad, promoviendo de esta forma el respeto de la diversidad cultural y la creatividad humana.
Fuente(s) de la definición
UNESCO, Convención para la salvaguardia del patrimonio cultural inmaterial, 2003.