[Irtalk] BBC News - Google's Vint Cerf warns of 'digital Dark Age'

Ina Smith Ina at assaf.org.za
Tue Feb 17 11:13:17 SAST 2015

Therefore software programmes also need to be digitally preserved, and also the equipment if possible. Might become an expensive process if not properly managed. Therefore a digital preservation policy needs to be in place.

Kind regards

From: irtalk-bounces at lists.lib.sun.ac.za [mailto:irtalk-bounces at lists.lib.sun.ac.za] On Behalf Of Hilton Gibson
Sent: 17 February 2015 11:06 AM
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Subject: [Irtalk] BBC News - Google's Vint Cerf warns of 'digital Dark Age'

"I worry a great deal about that," Mr Cerf told me. "You and I are experiencing things like this. Old formats of documents that we've created or presentations may not be readable by the latest version of the software because backwards compatibility is not always guaranteed.

"And so what can happen over time is that even if we accumulate vast archives of digital content, we may not actually know what it is."


​Also see: ​http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Preservable_Digital_Objects

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