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Great post, very good suggestion!

 

We have to stop thinking about how to save data only after it’s no longer needed, as when an author donates her papers to an archive.

 

Instead, we must look for ways to continuously maintain and improve it. In other words, we must stop preserving digital material and start curating it.

 

At first glance, digital preservation seems to promise everything: nearly unlimited storage, ease of access and virtually no cost to making copies. But the practical lessons of digital preservation contradict the notion that bits are eternal.

 

Consider those 5 1/4-inch floppies stockpiled in your basement. When you saved that unpublished manuscript on them, you figured it would be accessible forever. But when was the last time you saw a floppy drive?

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/07/opinion/sunday/when-data-disappears.html?_r=2


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