Sunday, February 01, 2015

Cultural Chernobyl

Moscow's Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION) has been ravaged by fire, causing damage to at least some of its collection of 10 million documents, some of which date back to the 16th century.

The cause of the blaze is suspected to be an electrical fault. If these reports are correct, then it clearly shows the need for any library or document repository to have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place. Since a large number of these documents may now be lost forever, it also shows why a digital preservation program is so important. Don't think it couldn't happen to you.

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