Digital Archivists, Now in Demand

2009-02-08

Re–blog from NY Times.

Finally the art of digital preservation is getting the attention it deserves.

A decade ago my venture into sound art and acousmatic music began. I’ll never forget when I first realized how many art works that we have lost forever due to poor preservation. I found it, and still do, so strange. Works just a couple of decades old created with something as cool as a computer is gone forever. How is that possible? Are we so fascinated with older history that we forget our own as we create it? Or is it our obsessed with the future that makes us forget to document our contemporary history properly?

Of course this is of even greater importance today, since most of us more or less entirely use digital technology to write our personal history.

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