By Jean-Pierre Chanod, Senior Scientist, Xerox Research Centre Europe
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering if in 10 or 20 years’ time you’ll still be able to access all of your electronic data and documents, you’re not alone. All of those emails, pictures, videos, websites, and even scientific measurements and medical or legal records could be lost as systems and software change.
Preservation of this digital content is becoming a major concern for organizations with large amounts of data and the need to preserve the critical knowledge contained within.
Digital obsolescence is a threat to preserving the records of the 21st century. Information systems of the future will need to be preservation aware by design to ensure the long-term access to — and integrity of — valuable economic, cultural and intellectual assets.