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Digital Projects: Data Rot

What is data rot?

Data degradation, also known as data decay or data rot, is a colloquial computing phrase for the gradual decay of storage media. It should not be confused with "bit rot", defined in the Jargon File as a jocular explanation for the degradation of a software program over time even if "nothing has changed".

Wikipedia. Data degradation. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_degradation

CBS Sunday Morning: David Pogue on Data Rot

References

Krauss, K. (2011, August 6). When data disappears.  New York Times.  Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/07/opinion/sunday/when-data-disappears.html?_r=0

* Pogue, D. (2009, March 26). Should you worry about data rot? New York Times. Retrieved from http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/26/should-you-worry-about-data-rot/

Rothenberg, J. (1999, February 22).  Ensuring the longevity of digital information.  Retrieved from: http://www.clir.org/pubs/archives/ensuring.pdf

- On a related note, Rothenberg's website had broken links to the original article in Scientific American and the link I provided is to a latter, expanded version of the article.  In an ideal world, which do we preserve - both articles?  If so, how do we handle that - in one record or multiple?