Digitized Life (01:56)
All data can be uploaded to the cloud and accessed from anywhere in the world. But how is our collective memory stored?
Externalizing Memory (02:24)
Humans have used tools to retain knowledge for thousands of years. Learn how the digital revolution is privatizing information storage—putting our collective history at risk.
Digital Archiving (01:30)
The National Audiovisual Institute has stored French media since 1975. Archivists are now IT engineers and recorded material has become data.
Digitizing France's Audio Visual Heritage (02:44)
Learn how analog radio and television material is converted to computer files for preservation and sharing online.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library (02:25)
Boston is considered the other Silicon Valley in the U.S. Learn about efforts to digitize American history—a project requiring ten petabytes.
Big Data Era (01:18)
Our daily digital activities produce more data than all records from antiquity to 2003. Memory storage has become industrialized as a result.
Learn how a U.S. company stores big data on super computers known as servers.
IT Infrastructure (03:30)
Learn how digital storage has become more efficient. Many people are replacing servers with cloud services; an expert discusses links between technology and humanity.
Data Centers (04:42)
Visit a digital memory storage facility outside Paris. Learn industrial infrastructure and electricity required to support online activity.
Commercializing Memory (02:54)
The U.S. has the most data centers due to corporate activity. Learn how Google registers personal data for targeted advertising.
Cloud Storage Risk (01:49)
Learn how free online services control our digital memory without security or durability.
Digital Civil Liberties Issues (02:28)
Free software pioneer Richard Stallman discusses how the Patriot Act violates online confidentiality—including European data passing through U.S. servers.
State Data Centers (02:30)
Europe is improving infrastructure in response to U.S. data insecurity. Learn how the French Interior Ministry stores sensitive information.
Digital Independence (01:19)
France must consolidate its 100 data centers for improved security and data conservation.
Updating Digital Infrastructure (02:34)
Data storage equipment and programs are constantly evolving and require replacement. Learn why archived analog material must be documented and cataloged.
Digitizing Heritage (02:45)
UNESCO's Memory of the World Program uses digital technology to preserve disintegrating documents—but data has a short life span.
Nanoform Technology (02:15)
Learn about a long term data storage solution that engraves images and texts on transparent disks that are magnified for reading.
Nanoform Production (03:57)
Learn how the data storage technology is manufactured, including the image engraving process. Disks last 1,000 years, and could become cheaper to make.
Digital Unlearning (02:20)
Analog media are ideal for conservation but have storage limitations. Information technology risks depleting mental functions such as memory and spelling.
Improving Digital Technology Use (01:36)
Learn the difference between information access and knowledge formation. We must relearn to prioritize, file, and copy data to preserve our memory.
Credits: Digital Memory Gatekeepers (00:58)
Credits: Digital Memory Gatekeepers
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