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The Collation

The most interesting use of our data will not be what we think it is

In Bloom

an uncut newsbook showing a quarto imposition

It’s safe to say, the bloom is off the rose. Online collections just aren’t as sexy as they once were. Increasingly ubiquitious plans to put digital images online excite an increasingly smaller crowd. And projects that rely on new “Turning the Page” applications are likely to draw more ire than praise from a growing cohort (while beautiful, they pose problems for scholarly work and digital preservation). Instead, it is fashionable, especially within some corners of the Digital Humanities community, to point out the shortcomings of digitization, the bits that get lost in translation, the bytes that are left behind. Reproductions as surrogates are necessarily incomplete, and people are more than eager to point out their imperfections.