The world is full of weird and obsolete old data storage forms, and they’re a huge problem for archivists and libraries. The changing types of data storage are a particularly large thorn in the side of libraries catering to the preservation of the written word in the early decades of the digital age, like the University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center.
Regardless of your age, you have watched several data storage forms come into use and then disappear. Which forms in use now will be obsolete by 2020? Vote below in our poll — but first, here’s a rundown of some of the data storage formats that have already gone to the great punch-card reader in the sky.