When you have digitized something, you have:
- Made it easier to share
- Made it easier to disseminate
- Made it easier to copy
- Made it easier to restore
- Made it easier to index
You have not:
- Archived it.
- Probably made it last for more than a couple of years.
Threats to digital data enclude:
- Hard to retrieve—buried with useless information
- Physical deterioration
- Lapsed, Purposely Destroyed
- Un-useable format, Digital Obsolescene
The solutions I propose in my "Will Your Work Survive the Digital Age?" Lecture are these:
- Dissemination: Store many copies in many situations and places
- Refreshing/Back Up: Make a new copy in the same format to avoid physical deterioration
- Replication: Making many copies of the material in different format
- Migration: Move to the new system, newest software, newest format
- Naming, Tagging and Filing: Use descriptive keywords and keep files organized.
We'll discuss each of these shortly. More to come...