Executive SummaryThis report provides an overview of the problems associated with researchers in determining the appropriate way of documentation and digital materials. The report also presents advice on what the anthropologist in question needs to do in order to prepare his research materials and make them preservation-friendly on an online platform. In addition, the report narrows down to examining some of the problems the anthropologists might face by doing nothing about his research. Also, it examines the communities who are related to digital archive, where the archive will end, the kind of activities the researcher needs to perform on a current basis or later in life, the type of digital materials, documentation and metadata and advice on the current use of the digital archive.
While digital materials are forming an important part of the present-day research, there exist challenges regarding the means of collection, process, as well as preservation and access of the digital research results or materials. With the increase in technological innovations, digital data have become more useful than paper data. Such data allows anthropologists to collaborate on communicating effectively, restructuring entire excavations and maintenance of large projects.
IntroductionDigital storage and publication has become the norm for anthropological publication despite present day norm of anthropologists not considering the aftermaths of digital publication. Anthropological digital data like any other anthropologists materials such as artefacts are non-renewable that once lost, cannot be recovered with ease. Studies have shown that anthropologists tend to lose digital data more as compared to paper records. While paper records remain stable and easily preserved, digital data provide for more numerous advantages including but not limited to easier reproduction as well as dissemination of information that could consequently benefit the sharing process of anthropological information.
Most present-day anthropologists have developed ways to preserve digital data efficiently and have, therefore, solved or found solutions or even improved some of the obstacles present in digital archivists. However, despite the efforts, there still exist many problems that anthropologists are needed to combat. The following report offers insights on what the researcher needs to do to prepare his digital materials and make them preservation-friendly. BodyDigital storage in Anthropology has raised high hopes in regard to heritage preservation.
In the current world, it has appeared as a meaningful solution to the issues of problems associated with content accessibility and media decomposition. The Anthropologist needs to aim at archiving and preserving the digital data in a crucial field of the electronic platform. Appropriate preservation for his hard gathered information is a critical aspect of ensuring that his work remains rememberable and important in the field of history and anthropology. The Anthropologist should focus on the future of his collected information and the usefulness to the discipline.
While creating records of his audiovisual materials, he needs to concentrate on the use of basic, quality materials that will ensure that the information lasts long enough. The anthropologist should know the formats of his audiovisual data. For instance, he should avoid the coloured papers, manila envelopes, yellow pads and even glue of any kind. The anthropologist should be conscious of the use of tipped pens and should ensure he tests for longevity that is the stability of the inks and colour fastness. Some of the problems associated with using ordinary pens are that their ink especially the ballpoint pens can fade out or bleed through the paper.
Other inks are highly acid and in extreme cases can eat through the paper (Thibodeau, 2002).