Trustworthy 100-Year Digital Objects: Durable Encoding for When It's Too Late to Ask
Gladney, H.M. (2004) Trustworthy 100-Year Digital Objects: Durable Encoding for When It's Too Late to Ask . Technical Report, HMG Consulting, HMG Consulting.
How can an author store digital information so that it will be reliably intelligible, even years later when he is no longer available to answer questions? Methods that might work are not good enough; what is preserved today should be reliably intelligible whenever someone wants it. Prior proposals fail because they generally confound saved data with irrelevant details of today’s information technology—details that are difficult to define, extract, and save completely and accurately.