Digitization of archives

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DIGITIZATION OF ARCHIVES
A BRIEF ANALYSIS ON THE BENEFITS AND LACK OF SUCCESS IN THE DIGITISATION AND DIGITAL PRESERVATION OF THE MATERIAL IN AN ARCHIVE


January 2012

Table of Contents

Introduction ……………….…………………………………………………………………....… 03

Discussion………………………………………………….…………………………….……… 03

Effect Of Digitalisation In An Archive On The Number Of Individual Visitors…………… 04Importance of Visual/Physical Contact between Individual and the Material in Archives… 16

Conclusion ……….………………………………………………………………………...…… 20

References …………………..………………………………………………………….……… 21

Introduction

The main purpose of this paper is to make an analysis on the issue that if there is an effect of digitalisation in an archive on the number of individual visitors. The paper also makes ananalysis about the importance of visual/physical contact between the individual and the material in the archive. The number of individual visitors to an archive get affected by the fully digitalization of the material. The importance of digitization is growing day by day. With the passage of time, digitization is playing a crucial role in the archives. There is a great role of visual contactbetween the individual and the archive material. Through the visual contacts, the individuals can actually get an idea about the material in the archives. The paper gives an overview about these two key points.

Discussion

Digitisation has become very much important in the archives. Digital cultural heritage includes informational resources on the culture created by the digitization of informationresources and traditional analog media, and materials once created in digital form. This text, static and moving images, three-dimensional images, audio files, databases, software, web pages, portals, websites, electronic publications, etc., exist in a variety of formats. Without special efforts to preserve digital cultural heritage, the volume and diversity of which is constantly increasing, itwill inevitably and quickly lost (Lynch, 2005, p. 9).

Effect Of Digitalisation In An Archive On The Number Of Individual Visitors

There is a great effect of digitalisation on the individual number of people in an Archive. The digitalisation has the positive impact on the individual number of people. The role of digitization is gaining day by day in order to attract a number of individuals inan archive. Keeping in view the importance of digitization, the archives are converting their material into digital form. There is a growing increase of digital conversion of material. Its reach is expanding day by day, and these days almost all the archives have converted their material into digital form. The process of digitization is accessible and supportive for all type of materials inarchives and libraries. It helps the manuscripts, maps, musical recordings and other moving images. In order to capture the material of archives for digitization, the archives are using different hardware and software. The digitization helps in understanding the new technologies, and proper collection of the material in archives.

It is a common phenomenon that Archives should preserve the digitalmaterial in order to have a positive impact on the number of different people (Pinfield, 2003, p. 9). Research and development in digital preservation is interchangeable in archives and libraries, in different countries. The two types of institutions are apparently using the same standards and the same tools to reach similar solutions, but further analysis shows that there are considerabledifferences. Are these differences inherited from the historical disagreements between archives and libraries are the result of another objective difference? From a review, of the literature on digitization and ongoing projects at the international level, the paper presents the challenge of digitization in archives and libraries. The differences continue on core issues which are currently international...
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