Changing media

Ancient records carved in stone can still be read and interpreted thousands of years after their creation.
Today, we create electronic records which can only be read using a machine designed to interpret that specific type of technology. How do we access our history when the machine is obsolete?

Can you still read records created on a 1980s Wang Word Processor?

One of the most significant challenges facing Archives in the new millenium is the preservation and conversion of digital records. SFU Archivists are very active in the research and development of technological solutions that will help to ensure that records created today can be read tomorrow.