Saturday, February 14, 2015

Google VP leads calls for web content preservation

Google VP leads calls for web content preservation. Caroline Donnelly. IT Pro.  13 Feb, 2015.

Vint Cerf says action is needed to preserve the content of the internet for future generations to enjoy. Historians in the future could may view the 21st century as an “information black hole” because the software and services used to access online content could become defunct over time. To protect against this, he wants to see efforts made to create a “digital vellum” that will preserve the hardware and software needed to access online content in the years to come. "If we want to preserve them, we need to make sure that the digital objects we create today can still be rendered far into the future.” All web users are at risk of throwing their data away into a “digital black hole” in the mistaken belief that uploading content to a site or service will preserve it. “We digitise things because we think we will preserve them, but what we don’t understand is that unless we take other steps, those digital versions may not be any better, and may even be worse than, than the artefacts that we digitised.”

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