Conversion technology keeps costs low for museum’s digitization project

The Timber Village Museum in Ontario, Canada, is recruiting more staff and investing in new technology in order to complete its digitization of 5,000 paper documents, according to a report from the Sault Star.

The project is an effort make all information pertaining to artifacts navigable, the report said, making it easier for staff to find a particular item. Chris Clark, museum manager, told the news provider that the employees are fully engaged in the digitization project.

"We are stewards of a collection of 5,000 artifacts," Clark told the Sault Star. "Now, we are digitalizing our artifacts, which we will be making available to the public on the internet."

With digitization technology, large projects like these are facilitated immensely. Rather than a large staff handling the content by hand, which entails extreme attention to detail and involves the risk of misplaced records or damage to age-old documents, organizations can have all of these processes automated. This way, smaller organizations like the Timber Village Museum, can complete a project like this without worrying about cost.

Digitization technology has made even the largest conversion projects possible, with Google still attempting to get legal clearance to create the world's largest digital library.

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