How to preserve documents

A conversation at work this morning inspired a post on the Reproducible Ideas blog about preserving documents. Physically preserving documents may be the easy part. Keeping alive the memory that the documents exist can be much harder.

photo of the Rosetta disk from the Rosetta Project

[The image above is a photograph of the Rosetta Disk, a disk preserving 13,000 pages of documentation about 1,500 human languages. The information is not encoded as bits; it is engraved. A thousand years from now, a scholar could read the disk using only a microscope. Click on the image for more information about the Rosetta Disk.]