The New York Timesrecentlyreported on the growing needfor people skilled in digital archiving, aka digital asset management aka digital preservation aka information management consultants.
“Literature, film, scientific journals, newspapers, court records, corporate documents and other material, accumulated over centuries, needed to be adapted for computer databases. Once there, it had to be arranged — along with newer, born-digital material — in a way that would let people find what they needed and keep finding it well into the future.”
Not only does this material need to be accessed again, it needs to be preserved in a format that will be adaptable again in the future.
Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the spectrum, look at all of the world’s medical data that only exists in hard copy. As we move to electronic medical records, all of that information needs to get translated into digital formats, and become accessible on everything from computer screens to smartphones.
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