Sometimes you are so involved in the digital library world you forget why you are so concerned with digitising stuff.

Simon Tanner’s 2005 report for UNESCO (Digital Libraries and Culture) reminds the reader of some of the universal reasons for digitising cultural content.

  1. It democratises access to the arts
  2. It safeguards cultural artefacts under risk of destruction
  3. It nurtures notions of ‘home and family’ by dealing with diaspora, displacement and cultural identity

I’ll post the link once Google locates the public version!