Saving the Digital Age
digital camcorders, digital photos, web sites and blogs – all of these are recorded and stored using either servers, hard disks and/or USBs. these containers unfortunately aren’t as formidable compared to egypt’s wall carvings – and this is where the problem lies.
without a full proof digital data container, our future historians might find a “black hole” in the knowledge base of the 21st century!
guardian.co.uk cited two alarming examples:
- when Barack Obama was inaugurated as US president (merely 2 weeks ago), all traces of George Bush disappeared from the White House website, including a booklet entitled 100 Things Americans May Not Know About the Bush Administration.
- more than 150 websites about the 2000 Sydney Olympics vanished instantly @ the end of the games and are now stored only by the National Library of Australia.