[APG Public List] Future Research Technology Platform for Professional Knowledge Management (Archive & Library - Family History & Genealogy)

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Wed Jan 19 07:36:33 MST 2011


Future Research Technology Platform
for Professional Knowledge Management
(Archive & Library - Family History
& Genealogy)

The Internet Archive Wayback Machine
contains petabytes of data (1000 tera-
bytes each), eclipsing the amount of
text contained in the world's largest
libraries, including the Library of
Congress. The size of the world's
total digital content exceeds 500
exabytes. According to International
Data Corporation, noted in its (pdf)
The Expanding Digital Universe, and
subsequent annual current surveys,
total amount of global data exceeds
a zettabyte, as of 2010. "In 2006,
the amount of digital information
created, captured, and replicated
was [estimated to be]... about
3 million times the information in
all the books ever written. By 2007,
the amount of information created
surpassed the storage capacity
available." "The use of paper in
the world is still increasing (nearly
5% in the last five years). But we
have clearly hit a threshold -- 
where the digital universe is now
pervasive enough to be a major
locale for commerce, education,
social interaction, and entertainment."

Archives and Knowledge Management:
Scholarly Online Resource Evidence
and Records for use by Genealogists
and Family Historians
http://www.academic-genealogy.com/archives.htm
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