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Introduction
Recording information by way of digital imaging is becoming an efficient way to store
information that may eventually be lost due to age and deterioration. Saving valuable historical,
medical and other tangible forms of information can ensure its safety as the originals begin to
break down or become damaged. The storage of information in this manner allows it to be made
available to others, both present and future who may not have had access to it otherwise.
Key Ingredients, Learning, and Knowledge
The key ingredients in determining the benefits of this form of storage were discovering
what the safest means would be to store such valuable information. Understanding the concepts
of digitization and its effects on or distortion of the information being recorded must be
addressed within the training sessions.
Learning to operate the equipment used to record the information, as well as maintaining
the integrity of the piece being recorded are aspects that must be considered. Other key
components would be the knowledge of how to utilize and share the information with other
people who may benefit from it. Professionals as well as students could gain information
relevant to their occupation or studies and implement it in whatever format they required (“The
NINCH,” 2002).
Handling sensitive documents, photographs and samples require special measures.
Teaching all members of the team how to properly care for and secure items to be recorded will
make sure everything is being done to protect the item and allow it be used for as long possible.
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Members must also be taught how to use the technological and electronic equipment involved in
the digitizing process. Samples that have already begun to deteriorate must be handled with the
greatest of care and recorded in such a way as to not cause them further damage.
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Once the recording and digitizing process is complete, information can be shared with
anyone who has access to the files and systems used by the library or research department that is
recording the information This allows information from a library in one country to be able to be
used by students or professionals in another country half way around the world. Those interested
in obtaining access to the stored files, must understand the rights of use, if any, and to what
extent they are able to obtain open and unfettered access.
Other Uses
One of the most prominent benefits of digitizing this type of information is the
availability of it for future generations. Long after the original sample has broken down and
deteriorated past the point of use, the digital replica of the sample will be available to anyone
who has the electronic capability to open and view the files. Storing information in an electronic
format allows for almost exact duplication making it a valuable research tool. While the original
object may no longer be available for specific types of testing, its digital duplicate allows for
other possible procedures that can provide answers to a variety of questions (DeGracia, 2009).
Conclusion
Digitizing information and storing it electronically can save valuable information that
would otherwise be lost to the ravages of time. Information saved in such formats can be easily
transferred and utilized by anyone located anywhere within reach of an internet connection or
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other device capable of reading the material.
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