The Domesday Book enumerating much of England has survived since 1086 in the National Archives at Kew in London. The electronic version of the project, the BBC Domesday Project, did not fare nearly as well. The BBC Project was completed in 1986; thirty years later the discs are nearly unreadable. Fortunately, the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, UK was able to rescue the data before it was lost completely,
Lesson learned. We need to actively manage our digital information to ensure that it is not lost. I only hope everyone is listening.
About Mark Mizen
I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
So, Mark, what can we do? I don’t even know where to start.
I like the Forever http://www.forever.com online service because it holds a large portion of the payments it receives in reserve for future preservation. Another alternative is the M Disc http://www.mdisc.com/. Resaving photos every 5-8 years is not a good strategy.