DBTA


Swiss Informatics Society

Special Interest Group

on Information Systems

 

DBTA Workshop Series on Data Longevity

How much of all data we currently have and produce will exist in the future?

Will future generations be able to look at the pictures we post on Facebook? Will we be able to browse the collection of all music albums we ever bought in 20 years from now? What will be known about us in two thousand years, compared to what we currently know about the origins of Christmas?

The Longevity of Data

There seem to be many more tools and technologies around nowadays, with which data is collected with increasing precision and completeness, everywhere and all the time. On top of all business, scientific and cultural data collected and managed in a professional context, personal data including photographs, films, mail, books and music represent a possibly growing share of what we wish to access in our own future - or keep accessible in an even more distant future.

While some of the big data business and research focus on the management and processing of data as challenged by the quantity, other questions arise when considering the aspect of longevity. How can data be stored such that it survives the present despite of natural or human violence and its delicate dependence on power and connectivity? What about the near and distant future? How can we avoid issues we have now when reading a VisiCalc spreadsheet created on an Apple II? What difference does it make if data "just" needs to be conserved or if it keeps being accessed while it is conserved? What if long means ten, one hundred or a thousand years and beyond?

With this series of workshops, we aim to provide the basis for a general comprehension and specific insights in the context of data longevity. We are looking forward to the speakers from academia and industry that have a story to tell about motives, challenges, approaches and solutions.

The Workshops
6th November, 2015, University of Lugano
Workshop 1: Life logging and long-term digital preservation
Spring, 2016
Workshop 2
Fall, 2016
Workshop 3

DBTA Workshop Series

As part of our DBTA workshop series, we aim to shed light on the state of the art in research and business, challenges currently known and emerging solutions as well as the scientific relevance and business cases. Each workshop series is dedicated to a topic and each workshop is focused on particular aspects related to this topic.

The goal is to promote learning and inspiration in the context of topics that are of interest to a broad public. We aim to provide the basis for a general comprehension and specific insights. We invite speakers from academia and industry that have a story to tell about motives, challenges, approaches and solutions.

In recent years, DBTA offered a series of workshops aiming to present different perspectives on Big Data, including volume, variety and velocity. Following the same format, we are now starting a new series of workshops dedicated to data longevity.

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