A bit from Slashdot about the future of digital archives. As data formats change with the winds of fashion and the market, what will happen to our dear data? It is with this in mind that I try to keep as much of my own data as possible in .txt format. But that obviously isn't enough.
Even over the course of 10 years, you can have a rapid enough evolution in the ways people store digital information and the programs they use to access it that file formats can fall out of date.