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.

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Examples of data lost and regained (sometimes):