Preservation of correspondence

Al Kossow aek at bitsavers.org
Mon Feb 5 10:13:05 CST 2007


 >> "Personal papers" aren't on paper any more, if they exist
 >> at all they are directories full of email.

 > Why is this a "huge issue"?  My father made xerox copies of his
 > important papers; I make regular backups.  What's changed?

The volatility of the preservation medium, future ability to recover
a document in obscure formats, and the sheer volume of digital content
vs saved paper.

Is everything you're 'backing up' checksummed? How do you KNOW
it hasn't already been corrupted?





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