on the limits of digitisation

The topic of this Blog post is on the limits of digitisation. This argument may also be broken down into Pros and Cons or advantages and disadvantages and may also be viewed as those for or against. It may be that those who were not born into a digital environment yet can ascertain the great advantages of digitisation but they are against it due to their considered limitations. These limitations may include funding, either through the support of their institution or private backer. Funding could be considered as the primary reason as to whether to digitize or not. Without funding in place it is hard to determine the appropriate use of the digitisation data. It could accessible on the internet or intranet, or an in-house network. The funding would also be required to hire technical support, outsource or train existing staff. The next major stumbling blocks would be copyright, contracted or licenced material: the effects of funding can be a factor here also. This is realised in the fact that many contracts and licences regarding publishing rights have to be purchased (Cronin 2016).These licences and contracts may reduce the scope of those who can avail of that information. (Academics etc.).
There is the current problem of access to popular digital sites. As more and more computer are connected to the site its access speed decreases. As new technology continues to allow access to sites through smart phones and televisions; current internet technology has not evolved quick enough to keep up, the problem then in near future will be an Internet full of “this page is busy please try again later”. Another aspect of this problem is wi fi and internet speed. This is still a problem in many countries including Ireland. This slowing of the internet affects multinational businesses; those same businesses have put pressure on government and communication companies to upgrade this technology. The size of the data caches holding these digitised files has increased to allow finer detail. This too is a problem as compressing the file defeats the purpose of high definition data. The increasing speed of technological developments will impact on the viability of digital material. This is due to its inability to preserve the information as technological a can rapidly become out-of-date and its data may become inaccessible.
Digitisation suits the long distance remote viewer. Although initial cost of digitisation is high there is definite investment in new, smaller, less expensive equipment. This suggests that in the future the cost to manage digitised material will be cheaper than that of any traditional archives. The use of online publication is increasing, the needs of users born into the digitised age are shifting towards a different environment, and this environment will eventually remove the limits of digitisation.
Cronin, Charles Patrick Desmond, Possession is 99% of the Law: 3D Printing, Public Domain Cultural Artifacts & Copyright (March 8, 2016). USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 16-13.