As I begin working on my project involving Taiyō magazine, I thought I’d document what I’m doing so others can see the process of cleaning the data I’ve gotten, and then experimenting with it. This is the first part in that series: first steps with data, cleaning it, and getting it ready for analysis. If I have the Taiyō data in “plain text,” what’s there to clean? Oh, you have no idea.
A paradox? Not quite.
But a few things have inspired me to think about archives lately – use vs. preservation.
The sad fact is, the more you lean toward preservation, the less access you have. Using causes damage, speeds aging.
Preservation puts a barrier between people and materials. Digital preservation doesn’t capture a full physical experience, just as one cannot “print out” a web site without contradicting the very fundamental point of hyperlinking and the technology of the web.
So the more you use your favorite things, the more you destroy them.
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