Access to the Past
Document digitization lets people search, send paper, microfilm files
The Information Age has led to a massive shift in how people store information. Today, a person can carry in his briefcase several file cabinets’ worth of documentation.
Portability isn’t the only shift that’s occurred.
“Access in real time to data is now the expectation,” said Ernesto Pinal, executive vice president of NextScan, a Meridian company that builds scanners and software to convert microfilm to digital files.
Twenty or 30 years ago, the only large-scale alternative to paper document storage was microfilm, Pinal said. But now, he said, dissemination of that information is as important as preservation.
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