From The Province:
More than 700 digital knowledge experts have converged on Vancouver at a UNESCO conference — entitled The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation — in order to try to prevent just such a crisis.
Their goal is to find ways to fight against the “highly ephemeral” nature of digital media and to prevent information loss of our “digital heritage” that could lead to the “impoverishment of humanity.”
“The risk is really remarkable. There are billions of bits of data out there now, and I don’t know how much of it has been lost already,” said UBC librarian Ingrid Parent, who founded the UBC Library’s Digitization Centre and sat on the conference steering committee.
“Who is saving the Internet? No one is doing it comprehensively.”
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