NY Times: DIGITAL documents can quickly become unreadable, as anyone who has tried to open an old WordStar file or postponed transferring data from a 5 1/4-inch floppy knows.
Disks decay, or the required software changes, or the necessary hardware and operating systems no longer exist.
During the last decade, a growing number of librarians, archivists and researchers have turned to the challenge of long-term preservation of digital documents, debating ways to conserve the information embedded in them so that it can be understood in the future just as it is understood today. (full story)
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