• Botched Digitisation May Mean Millions of Documents were Lost in Fire

    From Steve Hayes@21:1/5 to All on Wed Feb 2 08:08:36 2022
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    South African Parliament’s Botched Digitisation May Mean Millions Of
    Precious Documents Were Lost In The Fire
    31 Jan 2022 9:07 AMAnonymous

    The normal "rule of thumb" for preserving documents has long suggested
    the best method of preserving documents is to digitize them. However,
    recent experiences in South Africa show that digitization alone may
    not be sufficient.

    A project about five years ago was supposed to create a digital store
    of the South African Parliament’s archive. But quality-control samples suggest that nearly half the pages were not scanned properly, and
    there are troubling questions about how the project was managed,
    especially by Parliament itself.

    A botched digitisation project has probably condemned irreplaceable
    documents to extinction following a recent fire in Parliament that
    damaged or destroyed many paper documents. As a result of the fire
    plus the improper digitization, many of South Africa's most important
    legal documents are now lost forever.

    No other store of archival material in the country has a copy. Of
    particular importance are the annexures to the Hansard — the official
    record of Parliament’s deliberations going back to 1910. The records
    include unpublished government reports, annual reports, research, and manuscripts.

    You can read more about this sad news at https://bit.ly/3IUWCAx.

    Steve Hayes
    Web: http://hayesgreene.wordpress.com/

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