Crossing the Print to Digital Rubicon: A Documentary Analysis of Media Migrations

By Marc Kosciejew.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This paper presents a documentary analysis of the ongoing migrations from print to digital media, information, and communication technologies. It proposes that analyzing the documentation – that is documents and documentary practices – involved in the transition from print culture to digital culture presents a useful framework in which to situate other studies and discussions on the increasing digitalization of media, library, and information disciplines, professions, technologies, and practices. This paper provides a documentary lens in which to approach and understand the current ‘revolutionary’ transition from print culture to digital culture, stressing the significance of documentation in this migration. It presents and discusses a number of documentary definitions and theories from three noted documentalists: Michael K. Buckland, Bernd Frohmann, and David M. Levy. Applying a documentary approach to this transition will help show the resulting changes in the materiality of formats, relationships, organizations, institutions, and interactions in this new digital, or information, society.

Keywords: Documentation, Documents, Documentary Practices, Digital Documents, Print Documents, Print Culture, Digital Culture, Media Migration

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.219-226. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 602.530KB).

Marc Kosciejew

Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of Media and Information Studies, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Marc Kosciejew is a Doctoral Candidate in Library and Information Science (LIS)in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) at the University of Western Ontario (UWO).

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