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What is a Digital Artifact?

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A digital artifact is an information flaw that is introduced by digital equipment. The following are common examples.

Digital Media

The term digital artifact originates with photographers who use the term to describe flaws in images captured by digital cameras due to processing errors. Such flaws often expose the complexity of the underlying technology behind the camera. As such, purposely introducing digital flaws in media files is a common hobby or art form.


Software, operating systems and data storage devices all have error rates that can cause information resources such as documents to become corrupt over time.


The term digital artifact is most commonly used to describe visual flaws in data. At a technical level, data corruption is the common way to describe damaged data. Visual representations of flawed data such as strange characters appearing in a user interface might be referred to as a digital artifact.
Overview: Digital Artifact
A flaw in media, information or data that is introduced by errors in digital equipment.
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