Books et al.Big Data

The future of memory

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Science  04 Mar 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6277, pp. 1033
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf1188

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Archivists would be overwhelmed if they tried to keep every item delivered to their doorsteps. But what about in the digital world? If technological advances allow us to keep every bit of digital data, should we? How would the resulting proliferation of information affect our ability to make sense of it all? And if we come to depend on this digital record, how can we ensure that it persists into the future? In When We Are No More, Abby Smith Rumsey, a professional historian and consultant to libraries and other memory organizations, explores these questions through the wide lens of human history.