Digital Data Cry Out — Save Me!

By Janet Raloff, 16:29 PM June 16, 2008

Digital. It’s the darling of science and nearly everything else. Publishing online means going paperless. Good for the environment, right? Presenting findings in digital form means data can be shared effortlessly and nearly instantaneously between collaborators over long distances. Digital data can be collected and stored at very little cost — good for tight research budgets, right?

What none of these issues confronts is the fragility of digital files. How and where will you store them? How...

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