Bit Rot


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

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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2 Responses to Bit Rot

  1. J Perry says:

    So, Mark, what can we do? I don’t even know where to start.

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