Quite a few genealogists scan images as it is a great way to preserve information, particularly items that may be disintegrating and could eventually simply crumble away to dust. The original item here is not all that old, but it never hurts to preserve things when you can.
There's more to scanning than scanning. And there is more to this image than just the twenty-seven words related to me. There's data about where this clipping came from and how it came to be scanned.
There are ways that this metadata or source information can be included as a part of that file name. This is not a bad idea, but there is one potential problem, particularly for those who post such images to their websites, blogs, etc. If someone simply "copies" the image (or does a screen capture of the image), that other data won't be recorded no matter how meticulously it is recorded. The user will only have what is on the screen.
That's why this image includes a partial citation. However as I looked at the first image included in this blog post, I realized I need more. There are a few items that I should consider adding in addition to what is included in this image:
- who converted the original image to digital format
- when it was converted to digital format
- how the item was obtained
And that's better than nothing.