30 October 2006

Fundamentals in Becoming Digital

The reading assignment for this week was especially light and fun. I consider it to be fundamental reading for anyone considering doing work on the web, but also for applications at home, such as photograph storage, records in general, etc. If the article were not too long and scholarly, I would ask my wife to read it, if only to relieve myself of the never-ending hardship of recovering this, burning that, downloading here, and uploading there.

I felt I was nearly successful in trying to answer the question raised by Rosenzweig, regarding how to convert analog historical records to digital files. The only area where I really need some help was related to mark up and in the domain of audio and video applications. However, this too shall soon pass.

Markup certainly falls outside the boundaries of fundamentals. Speaking for myself, as a person interested in digital history, websites, and the like, I do not doubt Rosenzweig one bit (no pun intended) that the "journey to achieving the prescribed format will be long, treacherous, and expensive."

I foresee the greatest challenge for everyone is to maintain record and file accessibility. In terms of the industry, faster and better technologies, which are marketed as making our lives much more simple, often make life miserable. If you can't access your stuff, what good is it?
I don't feel there is a whole lot more I can say about scanning, TIFF picture formats, and wav files. The only over-arching advice I can give is "GET CABLE."