[LINK] Aussie scientist reboots NASA data

Rick Welykochy rick at praxis.com.au
Thu Nov 13 11:12:32 AEDT 2008

grove at zeta.org.au wrote:

> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/11/vintage_ibm_tape_drive_moon_dust_data/
> Now THAT is an excellent example of why we need standard portable 
> and backwards compatible data formats!

In this case, even if plain text ASCII were used, the problem is
getting the data off the tape. A prehistoric piece of hardware
needs to be resurrected to get the job done.

So besides the software (data) the hardware (media) on which it
is stored can be problematic in as little time as a few decades.

It does raise the question of what really is required for permanent
recoverable data storage over the aeons. Stone seems the best!


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