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New E-mail Archive at British Library

by David Sturtz reports that the British Library has begun creating an archive of the digital correspondence of Britain’s writers and scientists.

Curators have become concerned that conventional letters are becoming increasingly rare as writers and scientists abandon paper for more perishable email.

The library has appointed the world’s first digital manuscripts curator to collect important material that would otherwise end up as deleted items.

Among the people it would like to collect e-mails from are Stephen Hawking and J.K. Rowling. The collection faces challenges in retrieving the data from aging machines, archaic storage media, and obsolete file formats.

Up next, the IM chat transcript archives…

(Via Slashdot)

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