Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)

Monday, May 4, 2009

"It is very difficult to keep digital data moving forward in time"

If the preservation of granite monuments depends on social continuity and support (see previous post), that is all the more true of digital data. For yet another example of the difficulties in preserving digital texts, the Long Now Blog gathers reports about the strenous efforts needed to resurrect digital pictures of the Moon taken by pre-Apollo 11 robot spacecraft.

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