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Scientific Data Lost at Alarming Rate

Science & Tech  (tags: data, storage, research )

- 2005 days ago -
Eighty per cent of scientific data are lost within two decades, according to a new study that tracks the accessibility of data over time. The culprits? Old e-mail addresses and obsolete storage devices.


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Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Friday December 27, 2013, 4:37 am

Carmen S (611)
Friday December 27, 2013, 5:08 am
Sad that so much is lost, thanks for sharing this Freya.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 27, 2013, 6:43 am
Noted. Thank you.

Thought the Library of Congress would have copies of these publications. To bad.

Freya H (345)
Friday December 27, 2013, 7:24 am
This is why we need to set up what are known as Knowledge Arks, repositories of science and culture, in media that will last a long time.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 27, 2013, 1:21 pm
"Losing data is a waste of research funds and it limits how we can do science,"
It is also convenient for those who do shoddy or biased research, like big pharma.

Roger G (148)
Friday December 27, 2013, 1:34 pm
noted, thanks

Birgit W (160)
Friday December 27, 2013, 1:47 pm
Noted, thanks.

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday December 27, 2013, 3:44 pm
This is a surprise. With todays technology I would think they could store all information.

Louise D (44)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 3:29 am
This is a problem the fact is that most banks use systems that are 25 years old at least and use legacy code that was written in the early 80's digital obsolescence is now a problem so much so that jobs are being offered to train programmers to use cobol.
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