Thursday, July 28, 2011

Blog post: Scanning is different from digitisation

You may be thinking "of course, they are different!"  Still it is worth being reminded what the difference really is.  Richard M. Davis does a wonderful job discussing it in this blog post.

Boiling down his blog post to one sentence, digitization is about thinking about the entire process and then acting accordingly.  As Davis points out:
Without some conception of the end result, how the materials will be used and managed most effectively, all the scanning in the world isn’t going to amount to a successful digitisation project.
So true!

1 comment:

Richard M. Davis said...

Thanks for the encouraging words, Jill. You won't be surprised to learn that the post was inspired by witnessing some recent 'digitisation' projects that were a bit light on the value-adding activities I mention. I felt there was still a significant gap to bridge before they could start to benefit from the kind of good advices in Bill's post.