Use Facebook to solve the digital preservation problem
On the one hand we have the leaked draft of next month’s new EU Data Protection Regulation making much of the need for us to be able to remove personal data from the internet (le droit à l’oubli), even though it may prove practically impossible. The internet is the thing that proves that what goes up doesn’t always come down.
And on the other hand we have a ‘digital preservation’ project being undertaken by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. They have a point. “For example,” the blurb explains, “while the original Domesday Book from 1086 is still preserved in a readable condition, the ‘laser discs’ that contained the BBC’s 1986 Domesday project became unreadable within 15 years.”
I don’t know the solution to the first; but for the second problem, just make a Domesday Book Facebook page. It will be available to anyone with a bit of computing nous for all time; although William of Normandy will start getting targeted advertisements.