Issue 325: digitization of a physical object which incorporates an information object

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In the  37th joined meeting of the CIDOC CRM SIG and ISO/TC46/SC4/WG9 and the 30th   FRBR - CIDOC CRM Harmonization meeting, discussing the remark of the outcome of the issues 203-205, about the revision of P138, made the following comments:

  • with regards to digitization and the question if the 3d object or other digitization ‘incorporate’ the information that was carried by the painting, the scope note of P138 is complete.
  • On the one hand, a digitization might be done in a way that only captures some attributes which could not be said to carry the information that the object was meant to convey.
  • Also   if we take an accurate image of the object, then in a sense we could say that the resultant digital product has indeed incorporated the information carried by the original.
  • From the above it seems that there is also the question of what tolerance one holds towards loss of information within the transfer from analogue to digital.
  • This requires a deeper investigation since if information content of physical thing is of symbolic nature then there is a resolution at which we could certainly say that the digitization will carry the symbolic content of the original. (properly digitized texts, where symbols are properly captured)

Finally the crm-sig assigned to MD, Oyvind and (possibly with the help of Max Plank’s people)to write a guideline   under which conditions it can be said that a digitization of a physical object incorporates an information object that the physical object that was digitized carries

Berlin, December 2016


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