How do we preserve scientific data for the future?

2019-03-14 12:08:03

By Paul Marks “WHAT hath God wrought?” These are the words Samuel Morse sent in 1844 in the first telegram. We know this because the telegram itself sits in the US Library of Congress. The same cannot be said for the first email. Sent in 1971 by computer programmer Ray Tomlinson, he thinks it probably contained the first line of letters on a computer keyboard – “qwertyuiop”. It was not saved, so we’ll never know for sure. The loss of a nonsensical email may seem trivial, but it highlights a looming issue: