Digitizing or digitization

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*Graphic Design, *Photography

Digitization is the process of converting information into a digital format. What is it? It’s a process in which information of light and color transforms into numeric information, that can be stored and manipulated in digital electronic media in other words that the deterioration does not affect the digital format if you handle it correctly or in other words a digital copy is easier to maintain than an original piece of art (well for ordinary people). I have fought hard to maintain a controlled environment in which I could protect my negatives, my other “artwork”, some art-collections and my more important beloved long-term work “Der Kampf”®

You must understand that I have opposing views on digital on the one hand as photographer and graphic designer most part of the work is digital… but then I always prefer a paper book I think they are greener than an ebook… ok, ok I will not enter into topics of ecology, maintenance etc… So where was I… ah yes… I like lithographic etching, letteringphotographic transfers, working with liquid emulsions… and so on… I do sketches of all my projects and corrections always on paper before going to the computer. I have the need to see and to touch it physically (I hope that does not sound weird).

I have struggled and tried to ignore something that was inevitable, how to maintain my work safely tucked so after speaking with different artist from different fields my surprise was great when I discovered that they don´t actually care about. Perhaps they were too successfull to care about maintaining their own works.

So after considering many options I decided to digitize some of the works in which the deterioration and storage will become a serious problem in the coming years.

The next problem… simple store or manipulate a little… decisions, decisions…

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Founder of Lichtbild & Head of his own strange world / Vintage Enthusiast / Photographer / Graphic Designer /Typography "lover" / Book Collector / Spanish+German Mix / Lives in Coruña / Sometimes heads back home & Sleeps. /*

6 thoughts on “Digitizing or digitization”

  1. As just a photographer, the decisions are not so difficult… I make backups of the digital part – my negatives are tucked away in black boxes, dust free and light free… But in your case it indeed seems a hard decision :-) And when you digitalize, who says that future machines and software will be able to read tham at all?

    Sorry, I’m not making your decisions easier, am I? :-/

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    • Well to prevent The digital dark age is a possible future situation where it will be difficult or impossible to read historical electronic documents and multimedia, because they have been recorded in an obsolete and obscure file format. (An early mention of the term was at a conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in 1997)

      A famous real example is with NASA, whose early space records have suffered from a Dark Age issue more than once. For over a decade, magnetic tapes from the 1976 Viking Mars landing were unprocessed. When later analyzed, the data was unreadable as it was in an unknown format and the original programmers had either died or left NASA. The images were eventually extracted following many months of puzzling through the data and examining how the recording machines functioned.

      Another example is the BBC Domesday Project in which a survey of the nation was compiled 900 years after the Domesday Book was published. While the information in the Domesday Book is still accessible today, there were great fears that the discs of the Domesday Project would become unreadable as computers capable of reading the format had become rare and drives capable of accessing the discs even rarer. However, the system was emulated in 2002 using a system called DomesEm by the CAMiLEON project. This allows the information on the discs to be accessed on modern computers.

      Encrypted data may also prove to be an issue, as the process needed to decode the data can increase complexity. Historically, encrypted data is quite rare, but even the very simple means available throughout history have provided many examples of documents that can only be read with great effort. For example, it took the capacity of a distributed computing project to break the mechanically generated code of a single brief World War II submarine tactical message. Modern encryption is being used in many more documents and media due to publishers wanting the promised protections of DRM.

      As more records have become stored in digital form, there have been several measures to standardize electronic file formats so software to read them is widely available and can be re-implemented on new platforms if necessary.

      So Digital obsolescence would be only an issue when specialized software is used and since the PDF is an open standard based on Adobe Systems PDF format. It has been widely adopted by governments and archives around the world. While Adobe Systems made the PDF specification available free of charge in 1993, PDF was a proprietary format, controlled by Adobe, until it was officially released as an open standard on July 1, 2008, and published by the International Organization for Standardization as ISO 32000-1:2008.

      So my oldest PDF file is 20 years old… wow… and it still opens without a problem ;P

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  2. luna tan dice:

    great topic, really something to think about.
    we are the same , i prefer paperback than e-book, i just love the smell of each pages. is that weird? :)

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