Open Planets Foundation seeks to save world's digital data
10th August 2010
A new international consortium has been launched to preserve the
world's intellectual and cultural digital data.
The Open Planets Foundation (OPF), which was founded by
organisations including the British Library, the Austrian Institute
of Technology and Microsoft, aims to archive documents like family
photos and medical records for future generations.
According to the group, there are already more than 100
gigabytes of data for every person on the planet but this is more
easily lost than information stored in traditional media such as
paper and parchment.
The project, which is continuing the work of the four-year
European Commission Planets scheme, aims to source data from
hundreds of libraries, archives, universities and businesses and
create new ways of storing it over the long term.
Adam Farquhar, head of digital library technology at the British
Library, commented: 'Preserving our ability to access digital
content in the future is one of the great challenges of our
OPF executive director Bram van der Werf said that the project
will continue the work of the world's great libraries and
universities to 'preserve for posterity the intellectual and
cultural history of the human race'.
Last month, the British Library launched the trial of the UK
SoundMap scheme, which aims to chart the UK's 'acoustic landscape',