Digitization taking off worldwide

November 27th, 2012 | Posted by Kevin Corley in Document and Information Capture

In an effort to keep historical documents safe and allow individuals to access the information found within for many years to come, many academic facilities and other archival institutions are turning to digitization to preserve data. Using conversion services, leaders across the globe are copying documents and placing the images into online databases.

This process can not only ensure that information is available to remote researchers but administrators can take primary source documents and further preserve them. With this in mind, researchers at the National Historical Library of Ukraine have begun preserving rare books online. According to The Day Weekly Digest, library workers and members of the Intellectual Leadership Youth NGO have digitized 120 books so far, and hope to do the same with hundreds of other texts in coming years.

The news provider noted that the institution invested in a scanning station to speed up the process, but that it needs to consider alternative means because some of the books are rapidly deteriorating, as some date back to the 13th century.

Businesses might also want to think about taking this course of action, as paper files are prone to easy destruction. Water damage, fires or simple misplacement of documents can have a profound effect of companies if conversion services are not used to save data.

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