More On Data Extinction

from the so-many-questions dept

There have been a bunch of articles in the past few months discussing the concept of “data extinction”. I’m guessing that we’ve reached the point where we’ve gone through enough formats and systems that more and more people are “suddenly” realizing that a lot of old data on old machines is unreadable. While this article doesn’t discuss solutions as much as past articles, it is still an interesting look at how people assume that digital data will last throughout the ages, simply because you can make a perfect copy. The problem, of course, is that the applications to read that data go away. As more and more of our lives go digital, this becomes a bigger and bigger problem.

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