Monday, January 10, 2005

Digital Preservation - Barbarians at the Gate

Sometimes it is worthwhile to read an older article -- even slightly older -- to see if (and how) things have change. Or one might read and find that nothing has changed. In October 2003, FreePint published an article entitled "Digital Preservation - Barbarians at the Gate." The article notes a prediction of 35 billion emails per day by 2005. It also notes that 93% of all information produced each year is digital. But are we closer to solving the problem of preserving digital information no matter where it is produced? Are we still thinking short-term, rather than what information will be available about our current times in 10,000 years? We all know the answers to those questions.

BTW the entire FreePint index -- for all articles appearing in the FreePint Newsletter, 1997-2004 -- can be viewed here.

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