The (short) History of Digital Archiving
About a hundred years later, his vision started to become reality. With the construction of the first programmable electronic computers, the digital revolution started. As soon as digital computers became general purpose machines, archiving of digital data became a necessity. Archiving of digital data is plagued by (at least) three problems:
1. The medium into which the data is recorded may fail with time
2. The technology (hard- and software) to read and write the medium may become obsolete
3. The information on how to decode the digital code on a medium gets lost
In the short history of computing machinery, many attempts have been made to find “the best” storage and archival medium. I will present in this paper experiences of success and failure in the quest of permanent archival of digital data, from the beginning of the history of computing to the visions that loom on the horizons of the future.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2006
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