[SIGCIS-Members] Google boss warns of 'forgotten century' with email and photos at risk

Brian Randell brian.randell at newcastle.ac.uk
Fri Feb 13 10:17:37 PST 2015


The most challenging digital preservation project I personally know of (though doubtless there are many more) was the project to rescue the BBC Domesday Book Videodisks- see 


A cautionary remark from the concluding section of this account of the project is: "The lesson of this digital preservation project is that if you have enough time, individual skill, dedication and imagination then almost anything is possible, provided that you don't leave it too late.”



On 13 Feb 2015, at 17:49, Ian S. King <isking at uw.edu> wrote:

> And at the University of Washington, I've worked on a Multi-Lifespan Information Systems project, the Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal.  This is a real-world application of design principles to support both the bit-integrity and authenticity of digital documents, in this case the audiovisual record of interviews with members of the International Criminal Tribunal - Rwanda formed in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.  Last year, I conducted maintenance on the archive and we learned a great deal about the challenges involved - publication pending.  :-)  
> On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 8:50 AM, Len Shustek <len at shustek.com> wrote:
> At 03:07 AM 2/13/2015, Brian Randell wrote:
> > Digital material including key historical documents could be lost forever because programs to view them will become defunct, says Vint Cerf
> We've been beating that drum for a while at the Computer History Museum, starting with a short film for the general public called "Digital Dark Age" that we did in 2011 for our permanent "Revolution" exhibition.
> http://www.computerhistory.org/revolution/memory-storage/8/325/2208
> The inspiration for that film was my discovery that modern versions of Powerpoint won't open presentations created by Powerpoint 1.0, which was released in 1990. In only twenty years, perfectly preserved bits were rendered useless.
> -- Len
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