Disorganisation is being blamed for as much as 80% of study data being lost within a period of 20 years.
With the widespread availability of computers and the Internet in this day and age it would seem like a simple task to store the results of a study in a reliable location so that they can be retrieved and referenced later on, yet remarkably a large percentage of the data recorded during scientific studies is being irretrievably lost.
The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. - Thomas Carlyle
Posted 23 December 2013 - 08:20 PM
And this is just a trickle of data lost in the grand scheme of 'modern' times. In this age of magnetic storage how much of our current technology and knowledge would be lost if the power went out for any appreciable length of time?
Hey, I'm not wrong. I'm just not completely right.
Posted 24 December 2013 - 01:17 AM
Seems about right to me. I mean, I throw out stuff all the time.
Not all scientific study's data is actually worth saving. Very likely 50% of what is recorded for science just needs to be thrown out anyway. I mean there is data being collected on the breeding habits of extinct animals. (I don't know that for sure, but it sounds likely.)
Edited by DieChecker, 24 December 2013 - 01:18 AM.
Here at Intel we make processors on 12 inch wafers. And, the individual processors on the wafers are called die. And, I am employed to check these die. That is why I am the DieChecker.
At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid. - Friedrich Nietzsche
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I have trouble taking this one seriously. Surely scientific data of importance is backed up on non-volatile media. If it is so trivial as to be thrown away, then that is probably the best thing for it.