We can digitize books and other materials, but will those files be complete and fully readable? James R. Jacobs and Jim A. Jacobs, my colleagues at Free Government Information, propose a standard that, if followed, would ensure the usefulness of digital surrogates.

In the course of researching my manuscript, I’ve come across instances of an item not being fully digitized. Instances of unusable pages from Google Books have been documented as well.

The Digital-Surrogate Seal of Approval

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