Digital Black Hole

CNET | December 15, 2006

“The European Union is funding a project involving national libraries and digital preservation groups aimed at fighting off a looming “digital black hole.”

The black hole in question is the potential future loss of data as file formats become obsolete and inaccessible.

The Planets consortium will develop a “sustainable framework” to maintain access to digital content after its original storage format has disappeared. (“Planets” is short for “preservation and long-term access project through networked services.)”

This is an admirable and ambitious project that will probably produce no results. But good luck anyways.

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