Archivists Set To Put The Entire World Online

Centuries worth of analog material pre-dating the inernet are piling up and waiting to be archived digitally. Libraries, law firms, museums--any public institutions with paper records--have massive needs to preserve their material online before it yellows away.


Enter digital archivists, an emerging niche expected to see increasing returns in coming years. Job description: scan, a lot, then upload. Compensation: about 80k with a research institution or university, more in the coporate sector. But the path to digitizing old materials, especially when they are protected by copyrights, is fraught with controversy. Google recently settled with authors who were miffed when the company included their works in their Print project, which promises to be the largest library ever assembled. What do Big Thinkers think about the digitization of protected works? Any archivists out there?

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