A lot of discussion in class recently has been about our relationship with the machine; our PC, and our reliance on technology. An interesting twist to this is how we can use the machine to preserve information.
The article in the Economist ‘Born Digital’ discusses how we can preserve content that was only ever digital. Sure it might be half as expensive to store, but given the volume of information available, how can we possibly capture and store all this information for the future?
International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) has been established to address this issue, working with 39 large international institutes and libraries to come up with a solution and a means in order to do this. Does it mean tagging each piece of new content? Perhaps, however the size and volume of information is quite amazing.
The article states that the IIPC groups “have already collected several petabytes of data (a petabyte can hold roughly 10 trillion copies of this article).” However size is not actually the only issue, there is also the format and file type of the content.
IIP is working with congress on a current plan to put together a mandate on this, unfortunately it does come down to money. The article did spark interest with me as we often thing about getting our offline content online, however we don’t talk about what happens to content that was only ever online. I will be keeping up on the development of the IIPC in the months and years to come.