It may feel like the terms “digital preservation” and “digitization” are interchangeable, but it’s better to think of them as fingers and thumbs. All thumbs may be fingers, but not all fingers are thumbs. Digitization is the thumb and digital preservation are the fingers. Digitization is necessary to the overall function of digital preservation, but the rest of the fingers work with it to hold up your digital collection.
What’s the difference between digital preservation and digitization? Find out in our explainer: