"Preserving our Past for the Future"

Panel Description

We live in a world of electronic communication where an increasing amount of information is created and retained only in electronic form. As systems and data formats constantly evolve, there is increasing interest today in how to better preserve our electronic artifacts. This is an urgent problem for a number of fields that use computing as a resource. Panelists will explore questions such as: How can we be sure we can read data and documents created decades ago? In a world where software changes monthly, how can we repeat experiments properly? Who pays to maintain our ability to access artifacts? What does the PDF/A experience tell us?


Craig Partridge, Raytheon BBN Technologies (Moderator); Vinton G. Cerf (2004 Turing Laureate), Google; Brewster Kahle, Internet Archive; Natasa Milic-Frayling, University of Nottingham; Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Carnegie Mellon University; and W. Brent Seales, University of Kentucky