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The Continuing Access and Digital Preservation Strategy for the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (22 Jul 2004)
There is good statistical information on the current explosive growth of digital information and clear projections for a future data deluge in areas such as scientific research. Instruments currently being built and experiments being planned now will, in a few years, generate more data than has previously been generated in the whole of human history up to this point. Not all of this information has constant and persistent value, but a significant proportion of it does.

A serious and worsening gap has developed between our ability to create digital information and our infrastructure and capacity to manage and preserve it over time. Some commentators have referred to the likely cumulative effect of this as a future 'digital dark ages'.
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