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Abstract : We must keep in mind some numerical data when we evoke the transition from the paper to the digital age. In particular, the following contrast speaksfor itself:1. All the books ever written represent 50 billion bytes.2. The information produced in 2006 represents 150 quintillion 150 x 1018 bytes. That is to say, during 2006 alone, the world produced three milliontimes the informational content of all the books ever written.3. Things continue in this way at high speed: the only internet track of May 2009 has generated 500 billion bytes.Thus, our paper-based heritage is already a tiny fraction of what the human race has produced and this fraction decreases, relatively, every day. Viewingthese data, the conception of a digitization enterprise should be thought of and considered by humanists as enlarged. The narrow acceptance of theproject – the view that it is merely a technical process of converting our paper-borne heritage into electronic form – is dramatically insufficient. Toparaphrase Clemenceau’s famous words about war and militaries, digitization may be too serious a thing to be left to the digitizers alone. Scholarsmust face the issue and understand it as one of the most important problems they have to deal with and, as I will argue, as a real opportunity to renewtheir practices and disciplines.

Keywords : Digital Humanities





Author: Jacques Dubucs -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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