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Europeans Bury 'Digital DNA' Inside A Mountain

adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes | more than 2 years ago

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adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "In a secret bunker deep in the Swiss Alps, European researchers deposited a "digital genome" that will provide the blueprint for future generations to read data stored using defunct technology. The sealed box containing the key to unpick defunct digital formats will be locked away for the next quarter of a century behind a 3-1/2 tonne door strong enough to resist nuclear attack at the data storage facility, known as the Swiss Fort Knox. The capsule is the culmination of the four-year "Planets" project, which draws on the expertise of 16 European libraries, archives and research institutions, to preserve the world's digital assets as hardware and software is superseded at a blistering pace. The project hopes to preserve "data DNA," the information and tools to access and read historical digital material and prevent digital memory loss into the next century."

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