Vatican’s Library begins to digitize 80,000 manuscripts


While I think this is a cool concept, it appears that they’re doing this to enhance access with only minor considerations for preservation (e.g. less people handling the fragile documents).  I hope that while they are securing funding for this digitization project, they are also making sure to preserve the digital and physical copy. 

I find that institutions believe that digitization will help with preservation.  In reality, you’ve just doubled your problem.  Now you have a digital copy and a physical copy to worry about.  Then the bigger issue arises.  In a financial crunch or extreme budget cuts, which one do you allocate resources to?

Questions, questions, questions.  I love digitization in theory but in practical applications I have so many concerns about it.


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