Digitization

The process of digitization allows for objects to be viewed from anywhere, online. While many aspects of objects can be viewed through digitization there are many that cannot.

Depending on the quality of the picture, a viewer may be able to see the colors, words, and textures of the object. Based on what else is in the photo, one might be able to analyze the size of the object. However, this could be difficult. Through just a picture of the object, digitization does not allow for sounds and smells of objects.

Other forms of digitization might use videography to show these other aspects of the objects. A viewer might be able to get a better understanding of the object’s size, sounds, etc. through taking a video of the object.

Digitization is incredibly useful for documents. The words on the pages of documents, colors used or not used, images or pictures on the document, can all be transcribed through a photo.

Videos are more useful for objects. A viewer can see the many sides of the object in order to better gauge it. A video provides the opportunity for analysis of objects where digitization through merely a photo might not be as successful.

Digitization is great tool to share objects of historical value to all those who wish to see them. By being online in whatever format, people can view these objects and study them, use them for their own research. In many ways, it is like a digital form of archaeology: instead of studying objects through hands-on interactions we can now study objects through images or videos. This allows for a spread of information and knowledge that has not previously been possible.

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