Even though we have phenomenal technology to process, catalog, store, and retrieve information, “we may be living in a period less rich for permanent information than in the 19th century.”

Paraphrased and quoted from David Allison, director, Smithsonian Institution Division for Information Technology and Society, USA Today, 22 October 1999.

We face enormous challenges with the phenomenal volume and diversity of information being generated. As the above quote indicates, however, in spite of our burgeoning capabilities to process, store, and retrieve information, we are just as quickly losing capability to maintain information permanence. In the strictest sense,...

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