Digital archiving aims to preserve the digital document and its content, according to three criterions:
- The document must be preserved in its physical and intellectual aspects
- The document must be preserved for a long time period
- The document must always be accessible and understandable
- How to prevent storage media deterioration?
- How to be sure that the information on this media is not corrupted?
In 2006, the NASA wanted to know where more than 13 000 magnetic tapes, produced during various space missions,were.MORE
- How to access the information when the media player doesn’t exist anymore?
- How to open an old file when the player software can’t read them?
To celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Domesday Book, the BBC led a project in 1984-1986 called the BBC Domesday Project.MORE
In 2002, researchers started a program to “save” these data, fearing that they could become inaccessible by a lack of appropriate technologies. The data have been copied on modern media, and then converted to standardized file formats by emulation, an expensive operation. But the quality of the data couldn’t have been preserved entirely.
- How to contextualize the information?
- How to comprehend the data without the help of the data producer?
During its 60 years of existence, the CERN has gathered in its archives more than 400 000 photographs.MORE