I went to a digital preservation conference recently where the focus, to my surprise, was mainly on digitisation projects and programs. Many seem to believe that by turning paper records into digital images they are preserving them. But is this the case?
There is an argument to be made that by digitising you can reduce use of the original paper records – and reduced use can help to preserve the paper records. Digitisation also ensures there is a copy of the records that can be backed up and protected should the originals deteriorate or be subject to a disaster.
Source: Future Proof – Protecting our digital future