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När analogt blir digitalt: En studie i det nationella arbetet med digitaliseringen av analogt material
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
When the analog becomes digital : A study in the national work with digitization of analogue materials (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this two year master’s thesis was to examine how Swedish archives practically assimilated the older analog material through digitization. The thesis was focused on studying the analog digitization as a common continuous national process. The aim and focus of the study was based on questions regarding, the material selection for the digitization, the users in the digitization process and the national cooperation in the digitization of the archives. Materials used in the study where government inquiries concerning digital preservation, Swedish National Heritage Board new digital guidelines and various applications for different analog digitization projects. By highlighting the different perspectives of the analog digitization the thesis obtained a more comprehensive understranding of the pratical issues.

The study was based on the theoretical framework of the media theorist Wolfgang Ernst and his notion of the links between technical progress, media changes and society’s adaptation of new technology. The study also used different media theoretical tools to analyze the issues on the analog digitization.

The result of the study showed that the analog digitization was part of a bigger technical process. The understanding of the digitization was in all perceived as a general term with several technical applications and concepts. In its entirety, the national cooperation was described as flexible and dynamic as it constantly adapted to the requirements and needs of the archives. The study also found that the national digitization consistently chose material that was considered to be in high demand. Scientists and their interest were closley intertwined in the selections of the analog matieral. The study showed that the analog digitization forced the archives to more consistently study and assess their analog material. In all, the national understanding regarding the analog digitization became a process that embraced new pratical ideas and techniques.

This study constitutes a two years master’s thesis in Archive, Library and Museum studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 73 p.
Uppsatser inom arkivvetenskap, ISSN 1651-6087 ; 131
Keyword [en]
digitization, analog digitization, digital preservation, digital humanities.
Keyword [sv]
digitalisering, analog digitalisering, digitalt bevarande, digital humaniora.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253161Local ID: 131OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-253161DiVA: diva2:813416
Subject / course
Archival Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Available from: 2015-05-26 Created: 2015-05-22 Last updated: 2015-05-26Bibliographically approved

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