Quite often we hear the same stories of digital incidents and the rescue of the data on our preservation conferences. The most famous example perhaps is the BBC Domesday Book.
This part of the Atlas of Digital Damages is intended to collect stories about incidents with digital material. How it was discovered and how the data were rescued (or not).
The current collection of stories all happened years ago and are based on literature I came across. We could learn from each other if more contemporary examples are added to this list, even if details are left out to avoid compromising an organisation.
You can help updating this overview by sending your contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of data lost and regained (sometimes):
- BBC Domesday Book
- CACTA Combat Air Activities Files
- Census Bureau US
- Census 1960 in the Netherlands
- CICnet e-journal archive
- Clinton’s administration web page 2001
- Database of the Consorzio Neapolis (IBM and FIAT) – 1986
- Elections New Jersey
- Monterey Jazz Festival
- New York study land use
- Optical disks NARA
- Science Direct
- Satellite observations of Brazil
- Viking Mission to Mars