[ih] How the Soviet Union Sent Its First Man to the Internet in 1982
leo at vegoda.org
Wed Aug 10 11:53:46 PDT 2016
On Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 09:41:44AM -0700, Dave Crocker wrote:
> On 8/10/2016 8:56 AM, Leo Vegoda wrote:
> >Even with incomplete sets of records, the last century will offer
> >historians a scale of documentation without precedent to future
> Likely true, assuming the electrons and polarized bits don't degrade. Which
> they will...
> And assuming they still have the software to interpret the bits. Which they
> might not...
I believe this is where national archives and university libraries
come in. They both have a direct interest in obtaining the
information and keeping it accessible for centuries to come. Format
changes led to huge projects  to move video tape archives to
digital formats and make those archives easy to search. I am sure
that similar work will be funded when it is needed for important
archives of digital information stored in proprietary formats.
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