Converting aging paper documents to digital archives can be a painstaking effort.
Slave Societies Digital Archive
Centuries’ worth of important information is stored on paper – which can decay, burn or get eaten by pests. Peek inside the process of making all that data digital.
How can you forget when the internet won’t let you?
Forgetting is beneficial for the human brain. But the internet has made it harder to let go of painful or problematic memories.
The internet is growing, but old information continues to disappear daily.
MySpace users were recently shocked to learn that the company lost 50 million user files. It’s a harsh lesson in not leaving your intellectual property unprotected on the information superhighway.
A fragment of an ancestral Pueblo jar dating to c. A.D. 1150.
Keith Kintigh, Arizona State University
Only a small fraction of the data from archaeological fieldwork is made accessible to the public or preserved for future research.
A virtual reality scene – one for each eye – of a haunted ride.
The virtual reality rides of the early 20th century are now being documented in digital VR.
Floppies: storage that’s about as reliable as a CD used as a frisbee.
“The internet is forever.” So goes a saying regarding the impossibility of removing material – such as stolen photographs – permanently from the web. Yet paradoxically the vast and growing digital sphere…
Sungnyumen Gate, pictured here in the 1890s, was destroyed by fire in 2008. Digital documentation can help preserve such cultural heritage.
AAP Image/Yonhap News Agency
Last month a fire destroyed 23 timber buildings in the the Norwegian heritage town of Laerdalsoyri. Another fire ripped through the important Korean gate of Sungnyemun in 2008. This one was the result…