“ Back in the 1990s, historical societies, museums and symphonies across the country began transferring all kinds of information onto what was thought to be a very durable medium: the compact disc. Now, preservationists are worried that a lot of key information stored on CDs — from sound recordings to public records — is going to disappear. Some of those little silver discs are degrading, and researchers at the Library of Congress are trying to figure out why.
How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever : All Tech Considered : NPR (via glynnis)
Not to sound like a complete luddite, but I tend to find that these vogues in libraries and repositories for putting things onto new media are often over-sold as permanence. The same thing happened with microfilm, which was supposed to replace physical copies of books.
You know what an incredibly durable medium for storing information turns out to be? Paper. Good paper lasts for centuries, not just a handful of decades.
Reblog for Official Librarian and Rare Books Specialist Commentary.