Microfiche And Microfilm

Written by Jessica Duquette
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Microfiche and microfilm techniques have been around for more than 150 years. However the importance of this advancement was not put to full use until after the Second World War. It was then that people realized how easily paper documents deteriorated.

Early Disaster Recovery Methods
In order to preserve the authenticity and value of historic documentation, microfilming was used to make several copies, each stored in a separate location to prevent the chance of loss from natural disaster. Today microfiche and microfilm serve additional purposes besides preservation.

Offices everywhere are running out of space. Documentation has finally taken over and few companies are doing anything about it. The premise behind microfilming is to reduce an image so significantly that the naked eye needs assistance in order to view the information. This reduction results in a 99% savings in space.

Distinguishing Between Microfiche and Microfilm

What is the difference between microfiche and microfilm? Microfilm is the general term used to describe 4x6 inch and a 35 mm roll of film. The term microfiche only refers to the 4 x 6 inch pieces of film. Each of these types of films requires a different type of reader. If you've never had the opportunity to see microfilm or the equipment necessary in order to view the films, visit the periodical section of your local library.


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