Thursday, May 17, 2007

Article: Saving Our Digital Heritage

This article is about the funding for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) and it contains a lot of text that will make great quotes, such as:
Current estimates are that in 2006, 161 billion trillion bytes -- 161 exabytes -- of digital data were generated in the world -- equivalent to 12 stacks of books reaching from the Earth to the sun. In just 15 minutes, the world produces an amount of data equal to all the information held at the Library of Congress. While it is unrealistic to think that we will be able to preserve all the data produced solely in digital form, NDIIPP convenes top experts to help decide which at-risk content is most critical and how to go about saving it.
Funding for the program has been cut, so the article's authors (Jim Barksdale and Francine Berman) hope that Congress can be persuaded to restore the program's full funding. As they said:
It would be a national and a global shame if our most valuable born-digital knowledge, like the ancient holdings at Alexandria, were lost forever.

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