Digitization and Digital Preservation: Questions Persist

Digitization and Digital Preservation: Questions Persist by Bill LeFurgy

Digitization–making a digital copy of a non-digital object–is a bedeviling topic for digital preservationists. Establishing a clear line of demarcation between the process of creating the digital copy and the process of keeping the copy over time is the central issue. 

I’ve always thought this was semantics. Well-meaning, but ill-informed, people said “digital preservation” when they meant “digitization” in reference to something like scanning a book or stack of family pictures. In my mind there was a bright line between creating the object and preserving it. Helping people understand this distinction would help bridge the gap.

Source: The Signal

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