On text documents
Posted May 13, 2012 19:57 UTC (Sun) by giraffedata
In reply to: On text documents
Parent article: Who owns your data?
OK, well I think that misses the point of the article, which talks about "heritage." Keeping your own active data usable is one thing, but a more complex concern is storing data for many generations and having it be usable by society at large at a point when it's considered history.
For that, something that requires a significant amount of effort to keep the data vital would probably be more costly than just discarding the data, so people are looking for ways just to stick something in a corner for 50 years, largely forget about it, and still have a decent chance of being able to use it.
Updating all your document reading tools each year to be compatible with this year's environment is an example of something so costly we assume it won't be done. In fact, I think updating the documents regularly would be more practical.
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