Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Nov 2008 09:13 UTC, submitted by irbis
In the News What stands a better chance of surviving 50 years from now, a framed photograph or a 10-megabyte digital photo file on your computer's hard drive? The concern for archivists and information scientists is that, with ever-shifting platforms and file formats, much of the data we produce today could eventually fall into a black hole of inaccessibility.
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Text format is the key!
by zaine_ridling on Tue 11th Nov 2008 03:29 UTC
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As someone who has 24 years of documents among a half dozen OSes over the years, it's too expensive to continue converting data to newer formats. ODF is a lifeline in this case. But as far back as 1992, I knew this would be a problem, and have since either written or saved every document in simple text format.

Photo formats I don't bother with. But as others have said, secure your own work by using ONLY open formats built with Open Standards.

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