This page contains a list of user images about Digital Dark Age which are relevant to the point and besides images, you can also use the tabs in the bottom to browse Digital Dark Age news, videos, wiki information, tweets, documents and weblinks.
Digital Dark Age Images
Music video by Rihanna performing Take A Bow. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 66288884. (C) 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group.
Music video by Rihanna performing Rehab. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 19591123. (C) 2007 The Island Def Jam Music Group.
A substitute teacher from the inner city refuses to be messed with while taking attendance.
The Otherside Remix Music Video was filmed in various locations for about a year and a half throughout 2010-2011. It is the duo's second video collaboration ...
Watch the Behind The Scenes in this link below: http://youtu.be/36CLFOyaml0 Make sure to subscribe to this channel for new vids each week! http://youtube.com...
Music video by P!nk performing Try (The Truth About Love - Live From Los Angeles). (C) 2012 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
"Just One Last Time" feat. Taped Rai. Available to download on iTunes including remixes of : Tiësto, HARD ROCK SOFA & Deniz Koyu http://smarturl.it/DGJustOne...
YOLO is available on iTunes now! http://smarturl.it/lonelyIslandYolo New album coming soon... Check out the awesome band the music in YOLO is sampled from Th...
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis present the official music video for Can't Hold Us feat. Ray Dalton. Can't Hold Us on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cant-...
This video accidentally turned out kind of sad, ME SO SOWWY IT NOT POSED TO BE SAD WHO WANTS HUGS AND COOKIES? Also, FYI for anyone attempting this, it takes...
Fun.'s music video for 'We Are Young' featuring Janelle Monáe from the full-length album, Some Nights - available now on Fueled By Ramen. Visit http://ournam...
What people expect romance to be vs what it really is... Follow Catherine! https://twitter.com/CDekoekkoek Check out my 2nd Channel for more vlogs: http://ww...
The digital dark age is a possible future situation where it will be difficult or impossible to read historical electronic documents and multimedia, because they have been stored in an obsolete and obscure file format. The name derives from the term Dark Ages in the sense that there would be a relative lack of written record.
An early mention of the term was at a conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in 1997. The term was also mentioned in 1998 at the Time and Bits conference, which was co-sponsored by the Long Now Foundation and the Getty Conservation Institute.
The problem is not limited to text documents, but applies equally to photos, video, audio and other kinds of electronic documents. One concern leading to the use of the term is that documents are stored on physical media which require special hardware in order to be read and that this hardware will not be available in a few decades from the time the document was created. For example, it is already the case that disk drives capable of reading 5 1⁄4 inch floppy disks are not readily available.
The Digital Dark Age also applies to the problems which arise due to obsolete file formats. In such a case, it is the lack of the necessary software which causes problems when retrieving stored documents. This is especially problematic when proprietary formats are used, in which case it might be impossible to write appropriate software to read the file.
A famous real example is with NASA, whose early space records were suffering from a Dark Age issue: for over a decade, magnetic tapes from the 1976 Viking Mars landing were unprocessed. When later analyzed, the data was unreadable as it was in an unknown format and the original programmers had either died or left NASA. The images were eventually extracted following many months of puzzling through the data and examining how the recording machines functioned.
Another example is the BBC Domesday Project in which a survey of the nation was compiled 900 years after the Domesday Book was published. While the information in the Domesday Book is still accessible today, there were great fears that the discs of the Domesday Project would become unreadable as computers capable of reading the format had become rare and drives capable of accessing the discs even rarer. However the system was emulated in 2002 using a system called DomesEm by the CAMiLEON project. This allows the information on the discs to be accessed on modern computers.
Encrypted data may also prove to be an issue, as the process needed to decode the data is intentionally made as obscure as possible. Historically encrypted data is quite rare but even the very simple means available throughout history have provided many examples of documents that can only be read with great effort. For example, it took the capacity of a distributed computing project to break the mechanically generated code of a single brief World War II submarine tactical message. Modern encryption is being used in many more documents and media due to publishers wanting the promised protections of DRM.
As more records have become digitally stored, there have been several measures to standardize electronic file formats so software to consume them is widely available and can be re-implemented on new platforms if necessary.
In 2007, Microsoft created a partnership with The National Archives of the United States of America to prevent the digital dark age and "unlock millions of unreadable stored computer files". This involves moving files from their old proprietary formats to their open format Open XML.
One approach is open source, where the source code for reading and writing a file format is open. In 2007 the chief information officer of the UK's National Archives stated "We welcome open-source software because it makes our lives easier".
See also 
- Kuny, Terry (September 1997). "A Digital Dark Ages? Challenges in the Preservation of Electronic Information" (PDF). 63RD IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Council and General Conference. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
- MacLean (1999). In MacLean, Margaret & Davis, Ben. Time and Bits, Managing Digital Continuity. Getty. ISBN 978-0-89236-583-8.
- Brand, Stewart (1 February 1999). "Escaping The Digital Dark Age". Library Journal 124 (2): 46–49. ISSN 0363-0277. Archived from the original on 23 September 2005.
- Enticknap, Leo (21 March 2013). "The Problems With Digital Data Storage". The Naked Scientists. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- Sandra Blakeslee: Lost on Earth: Wealth of Data Found in Space, New York Times, March 20, 1990
- McKie, Robin; Thorpe, Vanessa (3 March 2002). "Digital Domesday Book lasts 15 years not 1000". The Observer.
- Wearden, Graeme (27 February 2006). "Distributed computing cracks Enigma code". CNET News. Archived from the original on December 19, 2010.
- Kennedy, Maev (Wednesday 4 July 2007). "National Archive project to avert digital dark age". News:Technology (The Guardian). Retrieved 2009-10-07.
- Ferguson, Tim (5 July 2007). "Microsoft Helps Archives Save the Past". Technology. Business Week. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
- Colvile, Robert (5 July 2007). "How to stave off a digital 'dark age'". Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
- About the Internet Archive
- Donoghue, Andrew (19 July 2007). "Defending against the digital dark age". ZDNet.
- Digital Dark Ages article at LISWiki, a Library science wiki
- Coming Soon A Digital Dark Age - CBS News
- How huge quantities of data are rapidly falling into a black hole - Guardian Unlimited
- The digital Dark Age - The Sydney Morning Herald
- A Digital Dark Ages? Challenges in the Preservation of Electronic Information (PDF)
- Why the Demise of Print Media May Be Bad for Humanity, Tony Bradley, PCWorld, 19 March 2012
- Bit Rot - The Economist, 28 April 2012