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Ending Digital Obsolescence
  DOI :  10.2352/issn.2168-3204.2005.2.1.art00044  Published OnlineJanuary 2005

Digital Obsolescence is the eventuality that computer hardware, media, and file formats become obsolete before the useful life of the data that is stored on and in them ends. The digital obsolescence problem is comprised of issues from each of the above elements: Computer Hardware, Storage Media and File Formats.The problem is international. Special groups from many countries have formed (mostly in the government and library/museum communities), to pursue a solution and to identify alternatives. As yet, no practical solution has evolved that could be commercialized for widespread use.Digital obsolescence cannot be avoided through a no-migration policy as such a policy only delays the inevitable realization that the data has been lost.Digital obsolescence cannot be avoided as long as new hardware is developed that obsoletes older hardware.Therefore, the answer to avoiding format obsolescence is to archive the formatted data, the creating application, and the operating system it requires to execute. This poster presentation will discuss the use of 2-D Barcode and microfilm (stable and standardized technologies) to create a storage method that can sustain any digital file for hundreds of years. Any digital file, audio, video or document can be encoded, preserved, decoded and restored to its original operational state in the future.The poster session will be an interactive demonstration with multi media examples. This process has been reviewed by many organizations, including NARA, EMC and Kodak, and found to have merit.

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Ken Quick, Mike Maxwell, "Ending Digital Obsolescencein Proc. IS&T Archiving 2005,  2005,  pp 201 - 205,

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