Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Media - As The Independent goes digital only, Parliament stays with vellum
I am sure I am not alone in being unaware that Parliament recorded laws on vellum - or calf skin. Apparently recording our laws on vellum is a millennium long tradition and surprisingly cost effective. Apparently vellum lasts for 5,000 years, paper a mere 200 years. How does digital fare I wonder? Old files and I am talking perhaps a little more than 10 years, stored on the original current media are pretty much inaccessible now. Optical storage, floppy disks, CD s, flash memory - whatever quickly disappears and old files mysteriously corrupt. Is digital more an ephemeral storage medium, will digital work actually survive? Will our thoughts survive - does anyone care?
Posted by Technical Marketing at 10:24 pm