back in 2015 I mentioned an article touting the possibility of storing data in DNA - the concept continues to march forward. The previous article from 2015 said that "DNA can store over 300,000 terabytes, in only a fraction of an ounce of DNA." Think about that. That's a lot of data. Not only that … Continue reading More on DNA as the future of digital preservation
Happy World Digital Preservation Day 2018 Rather than spend time writing about hardcore digital preservation, which others have done much more elegantly than I could, I'd like to give some simple advice to help retain your digital documents. Back it up Things go wrong. Electronics fail. It's easy to overlook the process of backing up … Continue reading World Digital Preservation Day 2018
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10 reasons why electronic records need special attention In recognition of Electronic Records Day 2016, here is a list of reasons why everyone should be thinking more about electronic records. 1. Managing electronic records is like caring for a perpetual toddler: they need regular attention and care in order to remain accessible. 2. Electronic records … Continue reading Happy Electronic Records Day
Don't be an April Fool. Be prepared. Back up your files on March 31st. (image: Jon Ross) What is backup? A backup is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents and emails. Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer), you keep … Continue reading Happy World Backup Day
Interesting Washington Post opinion piece by Nicholas Carr about the book "When We Are No More: How Digital Memory Is Shaping Our Future" by Abby Smith Rumsey. When our digital memory is lost in the cloud, what becomes of our human history? I'll post this here now in hopes of developing more of my own … Continue reading When We Are No More: How Digital Memory Is Shaping Our Future/Washington Post