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In praise of archivists - much our shared history is captured only on paper in storage facilities

In praise of archivists - much our shared history is captured only on paper in storage facilities | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We have become all too accustomed to thinking that the full spectrum of human knowledge is at our fingertips, that a swift Google search is all that stands between us and an infinite store of information.

But the release of a trove of documents from the Military Service Pensions Collection (MSPC) demonstrates the fallacy behind this notion – the accumulated stories, data and evidence add so much detail to the narrative of this State’s difficult birth, and serves as a useful reminder that so much of our shared history is preserved in analogue, captured only on paper in storage facilities."

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The important work of archivists!

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Death of the cassette tape exaggerated, via News24 & Reuters

Death of the cassette tape exaggerated, via News24 & Reuters | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The widening gap between the amount of data the world produces and the capacity to store it is giving a new lease of life to the humble cassette tape.

 

"Although consumers have abandoned the audio cassette in favour of the ubiquitous iPod, organisations with large amounts of data, from patient records to capacity-hungry video archives, have continued to use tape as a cheap and secure storage medium.

Researchers at IBM are trying to keep this 60-year old technology relevant for at least the next decade and they are getting help from rising energy costs, which are forcing companies to look for cheaper alternatives to stacks of power-hungry hard drives.

Evangelos Eleftheriou and his colleagues at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland, have developed a cassette just 10cm by 10cm by 2cm that can hold about 35 terabytes of data, the equivalent of a library with 400km of bookshelves.

"It is really the greenest storage technology," Eleftheriou told Reuters. "Tape at rest, consumes literally zero power."

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Digital history could be lost forever due to changing devices, says expert

Digital history could be lost forever due to changing devices, says expert | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY CLAIRE CONNELLY:

"HISTORIANS will be facing a black hole when it comes to studying the 20th and 21st centuries because much of our digital history is stored on technology that no longer have devices to read them, experts claim.

The information stored on everything from floppy disks to CDs, mobile phones to cameras is at risk of being lost forever, Canadian information security consultant Robert Slade told News Ltd.

"There was a sci-fi story from years ago about how all the knowledge in the universe was put into a huge storage library and then it got lost because nobody knew how to access it," Mr Slade said.

"That is getting to be frightening close to reality."

"It's rather ironic for the 'social media age', n'est ce pas," Mr Slade said. 

Right now, the only solution is to continually transfer information from one device to another as old technologies die and other forms of media take their place.


And don't think cloud storage is a solution. That carries with it all kinds of problems, Mr Slade said.

Cloud service providers can lose, corrupt or make mistakes with data. Even worse, what if the company goes bust?"

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/digital-history-could-be-lost-forever-due-to-changing-devices-says-expert/story-e6frfro0-1226466893848#ixzz25ldicQrI

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The Library Shelving Facility | Williams College

The Library Shelving Facility | Williams College | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"David Chalifoux is man with a mission. That mission: to store and protect the 137790 books, journals, VHS tapes, and microfilm from the college's libraries. Dave is the supervisor at Williams' Library Shelving Facility (LSF), a concrete, off-site storage space that is currently housing objects from Sawyer Library, Schow Library, Archives and Special Collections, and Chapin Library of Rare Books while the new library complex is being built. The LSF is also the permanent home of low-usage journals from Sawyer."

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Our Worst Nightmare - The End of Unlimited Storage and Bandwidth | From the Bell Tower

Our Worst Nightmare - The End of Unlimited Storage and Bandwidth | From the Bell Tower | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @DerangeDescribe: Hey librarians, worried about the end of unlimited storage? http://t.co/xOJOvFMb Ask an archivist.
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Saying Goodbye: 5 Alternatives To The Optical Disc, By Tina Sieber

Saying Goodbye: 5 Alternatives To The Optical Disc, By Tina Sieber | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
With computers growing smaller and lifestyles going mobile, less and less devices offer sufficient space for internal optical drives.

 

Option 1: USB Stick

Option 2: SD(HC) Card

Option 3: External Hard Drive (HDD)

Option 4: External Solid State Drive (SSD)

Option 5: Cloud Storage

 

"Many alternatives for optical drives exist, but few can compete with the price and theoretical lifetime of Blu-ray discs. On the other hand, many make for better long term investments. In the long run, you should always have your data stored in at least two future-proof locations. But for the moment, Blu-ray discs and DVDs are a viable storage method. Just make sure you move your data before your last way to access them disappears.
Do you still use optical discs to store or transfer data?"


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Hooray, we're digital natives – so who preserves our culture? #BigData #archives

Hooray, we're digital natives – so who preserves our culture? #BigData #archives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Sue McKemmish & Andrew Wilson:

"It’s estimated that in 2011 a truly staggering 1.8 zettabytes of digital information was created. Or to put it in more meaningful terms, that’s 57.5 billion 32-gigabyte iPads full.

Recent articles about this “digital deluge” warn of an approaching “digital dark age” if this vast amount of digital information isn’t preserved for posterity.

The old refrain that “storage is cheap, just keep everything” was never true. Recently the global market intelligence firm IDCestimated that the world’s demand for storage is increasing by 60% a year.

Given market research firm IHS iSuppli estimates hard disk storage densities will only improve by 19% a year for the next five years, and IT budgets are growing at an annual rate between 0 and 2%, there is clearly a looming storage crisis.

 

 

The challenges involved in preserving the huge datasets created by governments, businesses and research institutions have prompted some dire predictions about the loss of digital history."

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Digital Preserving Digital Objects With Restricted Resources | NIU to help libraries avoid ‘bit rot’ - Daily Chronicle

By NICOLE WESKERNA:

"DeKALB – With the help of a $575,000 grant, a group of university librarians and curators hope to have an answer to a growing problem.

Lynne Thomas, curator of rare books and special collections at Northern Illinois University’s Founders Memorial Library, learned in October that NIU, along with four other universities, secured a grant to study the best practices for storing digital data.

The federal National Leadership Grant came from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“Libraries have been taking on digital objects for the last 10 to 15 years,” she said. “The grant will help us learn how to scale [the process] down for institutions with fewer resources.”

With the passage of time, storage devices can degrade over time, a phenomenon known colloquially as “bit rot.”

Thomas said saving digital objects such as PDFs and video files from bit rot is a problem librarians and archivists have been working to solve for years.

But it’s mostly large, well-funded institutions that can afford today’s archiving systems.

Librarians and curators from Chicago State University, Western Illinois University, Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University are joining NIU in a group called Digital Preserving Digital Objects With Restricted Resources."

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Going Digital: How to Prepare for the End of Optical Media

Going Digital: How to Prepare for the End of Optical Media | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @librarythingtim: How to Prepare for the End of Optical Media http://t.co/vYQAKBQs ;

 

Although written from a personal digitization viewpoint, it is also valid information for librarians and archivists.

- Audio discs

- DVDs

- Software

- Backups (including cloud)

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