Vint Cerf: old digital documents are lost

Feb

14

2015

Old digital documents are likely to be lost because they are stored in hardware and in formats that may soon no longer be read. Before warns Vint Cerf, creator of the TCP / IP protocol. “We throw our information into a black hole,” said Cerf.

Vint Cerf The tcp / ip creator previously warned during a meeting of US scientists, writes The Guardian. The first steps of man could get lost in the digital world, warns the computer scientist.

According to the scientist can be a large part of the digital history are lost. “If we want to preserve, we must ensure that the digital objects that we also have to be opened in the distant future,” said Cerf.

An example of documents that are only difficult to open, files stored on floppy disks or tape files. Especially cassette tapes from the seventies and eighties are now only difficult to open, because the equipment that is needed now is scarce. Also, music, videos and documents are stored in files that can not necessarily be future-proof.

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