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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Ask NASA
by mdoverkil on Mon 10th Nov 2008 15:06 UTC
mdoverkil
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2005-09-30

NASA found out the hard way when it came to data from the Apollo missions.

They have tapes in a format that could no longer be read. Apparently a computing museum in Australia happens to have a tape drive the can read these tapes.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/10/2415393.htm

NASA lucked out this time, they may not be so fortunate in the future.

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RE: Ask NASA
by hobgoblin on Mon 10th Nov 2008 16:17 in reply to "Ask NASA"
hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

iirc, there is a similar issue with old stasi computer files. as the computers where soviet made, and the file formats likewise, nobody knows the correct encodings for the bits...

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