Apocalypse Bit: Disaster Mythologies and Digital Preservation

Apocalypse Bit: Disaster Mythologies and Digital Preservation 

The following is a guest post by Jefferson Bailey, Fellow at the Library of Congress’s Office of Strategic Initiatives.

A number of us around the office have fielded some interesting questions recently, both at public events and over email, regarding digital preservation’s susceptibility to what I will call, for lack of a better term, cataclysmic occurrences.

Electrical grid failures, mega earthquakes, solar storms, and electro-magnetic pulses have all been voiced as providing a distinct and inarguable counterpoint to our exhortations about the need for, and importance of, digital preservation. Whether prompted by the social turbulence that often attends technological change or simply a product of beliefs about the year 2012, there has been a noted uptick in the voiced suspicion of digital preservation’s viability in times of, well, calamity.

Source: The Signal

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