Everyone Print Out All Your Emails For The Sake Of History
from the filing-nightmare dept
Just as we’ve finally reached the point where we’re no longer hearing stories of senior executives at companies who have their assistants print out each of their emails, along come some researchers suggesting that everyone print out paper copies of their emails for the sake of history. He’s afraid that digital data isn’t permanent enough, and we’re all going to lose important historical data. Now, some of his points are valid. The ease with which data is deleted is definitely true. Furthermore, changing formats, and incompatible hardware and software certainly has created situations where data has become difficult to retrieve. However, the nice thing about being digital is that it’s easy to make exact replicas of the data, that can be backed up and stored in multiple formats and places. Paper isn’t quite so easy (or cheap) to copy, and is also very susceptible to decay and other natural disasters like, say, fire. I’d say the ease of replication wins out long-term, over the hard-copy nature of paper, when it comes to keeping historical records.