Our first topic was quantity. Would there simply be too much information in the future?
Researchers of the 16th century have commented that there are
relatively few records of the period, whether due to archivist’s
selections, lack of collection care until recent times or the
degradations of time. But these researchers also attest to relishing the
challenge of the hunt for information, of successfully following a
In principle we could keep a very large amount of digital data – but is this likely? What about cost and storage implications?
Also, do we need to worry that there will be vast amounts of data?
There is a vast amount of information available on the internet, yet this
doesn’t present a challenge as we use tools to find what we need. Why
would or should a digital archive be any different?
Is it that historians and researchers fear they will miss out on what
they enjoy most – the thrill of finding leads, the thrill of holding
the physical record?