Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Study says research data is lost at alarming rates
"Eighty per cent of scientific data are lost within two decades, according to a new study that tracks the accessibility of data over time.
The culprits? Old e-mail addresses and obsolete storage devices.
“Publicly funded science generates an extraordinary amount of data each year,” says Tim Vines, a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia. “Much of these data are unique to a time and place, and is thus irreplaceable, and many other datasets are expensive to regenerate."