Dark Ages II: When the Digital Data Die

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Prentice Hall PTR, 2002 - Computers - 306 pages
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Your data -- and everyone's -- is in danger. Discover why -- and what you must do about it!

-- Why today's approaches to data storage are courting disaster -- for individuals, businesses, and civilization.

-- What to do about it: specific, realistic solutions you can implement now.

Today, most of the world's data is stored in media and formats that are frighteningly ephemeral: Web sites and email stores that are here today and gone tomorrow; magnetic media that isn't proven to last; document and e-book formats that quickly become obsolete. In Dark Ages II, Bryan Bergeron shows why our data is at far greater risk than we've ever imagined -- and envisions a frightening future, where so much critical information is lost that civilization itself is at risk. Bergeron then offers specific, realistic solutions -- for individuals, companies, governments, and societies. Dark Ages II covers every aspect of the looming crisis in data storage: risk factors associated with today's magnetic and optical media; the economic and management issues that lead to the loss of huge data repositories stored on Web sites and in email repositories; fast-changing document and media formats that quickly make old documents inaccessible; and more. After projecting the potential impact of massive data loss, Bergeron offers step-by-step techniques you can use to solve the problem in your own home, organization, or enterprise. This book is essential reading for everyone who depends on digital data, including business decision-makers, libraries and educational institutions, policy-makers and government officials, and virtually every individual.

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User Review  - Wprecht - LibraryThing

A bit of an alarmist book detailing the possible loss of oceans of digital data. I think it's probably overstated. As someone in the IT field, I have participated in a lot of moving data around and ... Read full review

Contents

Language Writing and the Collective Memory
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Chapter 2
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Chapter 3
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BRYAN BERGERON has over 30 years' experience designing and working with computers and electronics and has been writing about leading-edge technology and envisioning the future for most of that time. He teaches at Harvard Medical School and MIT and serves as President of Archetype Technologies, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in advanced technologies.

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