Dark Ages II: When the Digital Data Die

Bryan Bergeron

  • 出版商: Prentice Hall
  • 售價: $1,180
  • 貴賓價: 9.5$1,121
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 336
  • 裝訂: Paperback
  • ISBN: 0130661074
  • ISBN-13: 9780130661074
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  • Civilization at risk: Is our most important information about to vanish?
  • Here today, gone tomorrow: Disappearing Web sites, unproven storage technologies, obsolete data formats
  • Specific, realistic solutions for individuals, organizations, and society

Your data—and everyone's—is in danger. Discover why—and what to do about it!

Dark Ages II shows why our data is at far greater risk than we've ever imagined—and envisions a frightening future, where so much critical information is lost that civilization itself could collapse. Bryan Bergeron examines how we're storing our most precious data: on Web sites and email servers that could disappear tomorrow; on unproven magnetic and optical media; and in document formats that become obsolete virtually overnight. After projecting the potential impact of massive data loss, Bergeron offers step-by-step techniques you can use to solve the problem in your own home, organization, or enterprise.

  • Why your disks aren't as reliable as you think
  • Who owns your data—and what happens when they stop taking care of it?
  • What's happening to civilization's "paper trail"?
  • Why backups aren't nearly enough
  • Why "pervasive computing" will only make the problems worse
  • What you can do now to ensure the survival of your digital information—and everyone's

This book is a powerful wake-up call for everyone who depends on digital data, including business decision-makers, educators, librarians, researchers, public policy-makers—and you!

Table of Contents



1. Language, Writing, and the Collective Memory.

Data and Survival. Knowledge of the Ages. Literacy and Interconnectedness. The Evolution of Predigital Media. Getting the Word Out. A Multimedia Existence. Filtering.


2. Digital Media and Machines.

The Digital Age. The Digital Computer. Computer Networks. Computer Microprocessors. Data Storage Devices. Input/Output Devices. Computer Software. Just for the Fun of It. The Matrix.

3. Rust Never Sleeps.

Media. Hardware. Infrastructure. Deterioration. Technological Obsolescence. Chaos Happens.

4. Digital Data Management.

The Data Life Cycle. Digital Data Management Technology. Hardware. Personal Data Management. Fast Forward.


5. The Digital Economy.

Market, Money, Methods, Management, and Metrics. The Digital Data Economy. The Digital Hardware Economy. Computation versus Communications. Data Ownership. The Digital Economy.

6. Spin Control.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Managing Risk. Managing Data Recovery. The Data Recovery Business. Taking a Proactive Stance.


7. Pervasive Data.

Change Agents. Implications for Digital Data Management.

8. The Socio-Technologic Future.

Humanity's New Relationship with Data. Reality Check. The Society Page.


9. Ensuring the Survival of Digital Data.

Best Practices. Take-Away Heuristics. Specific Recommendations. Saving the Future.


Archival Services. Archival Supplies. Audio Digitization and Processing Software/Hardware. Data Recovery Services. Digital Media and Paper CD Sleeves. Fire-Resistant Safes. Hardware and Software Dealers. Power Conditioners. Publications.