Photograph digitization project almost complete

January 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Kevin Corley in Document and Information Capture

Many people believe in the saying "A picture is worth a thousand words," and consider images to be a lucrative way of portraying historic events. As many academic institutions, archival organizations and businesses are increasingly looking into deploying electronic document management systems to preserve older records, some of these entities are considering doing the same with pictures.

For example, according to the University of Southern California, USC Libraries has been working on a photograph digitization project since July 2011, and should finish later this year. Placing photos from the 30,000 piece Dick Whittington Collection on the new online database on the USC Digital Library website will help researchers discover more about the history of the region by viewing pictures that were once only seen in person, the source said.

The blog reported that the photographer chronicled important events throughout the 1920s and 1930s in the Los Angeles area, including the 1928 Southern California Fair and the promotions help for Graf Zeppelin's 1929 around-the-world flight. Remote students and history aficionados will be able to reference these images from anywhere once the project is finished in June.

Corporations might find saving photographs online helpful – older records can be photographed rather than painstakingly transcribed and saved online, or photographic evidence of things like break ins, construction projects and other events can be safely housed in a database.

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