What do you mean by "documents"?
Mark A. Matienzo
Digital Archivist, Manuscripts and Archives
Yale University Library
On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 5:36 AM, Mike Taylor <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Does anyone out there know what recent studies predict for the
> lifetime of digitally archived and preserved documents?
> For example, there is a long and mostly pretty successful tradition of
> preserving journal articles as paper in bound volumes, and experiment
> shows that this approach is usually good for hundreds of years. It
> *seems* obvious to me that the physical resilience of paper is
> outweighed by the ability to make infinite perfect copies of digital
> documents, but obviously we haven't had hundreds of years of
> experience in which empirically test that idea.
> Are there any published studies that predict and compare the long-term
> preservation ability and cost efficiency of physical and digital
> archives? I would like to either back up or refute my intuition!
> -- Mike.