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There are many other cases involving the loss of data but Two of the greatest examples mentioned in several text and journals are NASA's 1976 Viking mission to Mars, where they have already estimated that 20 percent or more of the data is lost or unreadable. And Domesday Book from England, where the original parchment copy had lasted in near perfect form from 1086, but the digital media used to reproduce it so it could be view by all has become obsolete. The data its self was not the problem as much as the digital media it was recorded on(Stanescu, 2009)
In the case of the Domesday Book the Library of England had transcribed a book from 1086 that was basically the very first version of a census, and was set to be used to build a system of taxation based upon what people owned. It was originally written in Latin on sheep skin parchment paper. At the time the library wanted to create a 3D interactive version of the book and artifacts that would even have the capability of examining the artifacts associated up close and in detail even if you were right there in the library or half a world away. The idea was to give more accessibility to more people and never having to damage or even handle the artifacts. This plan back fired two fold. First the system they used to capture the images was a one off software program written exclusively for this project, the second was that the only media it was available on was lazer disc. Both of which happen to be the absolute top of the line technology at the time. With the bankruptcy of the company who produced the software they lost the ability of product support. And when the lazer disc became obsolete and fell by the way side, the hard wear to play the media became more and more scarce. They ev...

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