23 July 2012

Why tech can't break the hold on paper

BBC piece that gives a fascinating glimpse into digitizing material – the time and cost and also the benefits ...

The promise we can all go paperless has been around for years so why is it that despite email, smartphones and computers we are all still so dependent on pen and paper?

LJ Rich explores why paper has such staying power in our hi-tech age.

The above video starts with a discussion about the UK Archives and the “cost” and “process” of going paperless. There is also a related piece Is the paperless office possible? that explores this further.

And, Dick Eastman, of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter has long been a proponent of going “paperless.”

What are your thoughts?  Will we eventually be a paperless society? Is that good, bad, or not matter as far as genealogical research?

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