Special Issue "Human Document Project"

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A special issue of Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2010)

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Manz

Korea Institute of Science and Technolgy (KIST), KIST Europe Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Universität des Saarlandes, Campus E 71, D-66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
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Open AccessEditorial The Human Document Project and Challenges
Challenges 2010, 1(1), 3-4; doi:10.3390/challe1010003
Received: 19 July 2010 / Accepted: 19 July 2010 / Published: 20 July 2010
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Literature, newspapers or science use the internet, paper and written language for documenting their contents and transmitting it to the readers. The time scale for this is typically a human generation or can be much less. Technically speaking, printed paper, as such, will
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Literature, newspapers or science use the internet, paper and written language for documenting their contents and transmitting it to the readers. The time scale for this is typically a human generation or can be much less. Technically speaking, printed paper, as such, will not necessarily survive very much longer. The computerized modern world has boosted the storage and accessibility of much more information. However, this has not improved the survival time scale [1]. [...] Full article
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Open AccessCommunication How to Preserve Documents: A Short Meditation on Three Themes
Challenges 2011, 2(1), 37-42; doi:10.3390/challe2010037
Received: 4 January 2011 / Revised: 23 February 2011 / Accepted: 25 February 2011 / Published: 2 March 2011
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The capability to present electronic media that can preserve information is highly restricted to few decades (e.g., a lifetime of DVD media does not exceed 100 years), and therefore the question of how to preserve documents for more than thousands or millions of
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The capability to present electronic media that can preserve information is highly restricted to few decades (e.g., a lifetime of DVD media does not exceed 100 years), and therefore the question of how to preserve documents for more than thousands or millions of years presents a challenging task. In this article, we discuss three thinkable possibilities for long-term data storage: (i) self-assembly systems, (ii) chirality, and (iii) nucleic acids. These systems have, in our opinion, added-value regarding functionality and storing capability. Self-assembly systems form 3D structures, which could reflect any information more precisely than a 2D structure, and therefore they could be used as a training information package. Chirality provides the next added value in the possibility of using an interval of for storing the data (fuzzy logic) and could be also interesting in increasing the storage capacity if using compounds with more chiral centers, such as polysaccharides. Finally, nucleic acids represent a method of storage in which the reading step is developed and probably will be still active if people inhabit the Earth, which will realize the whole process of writing/storing and reading easier. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Long-Time Data Storage: Relevant Time Scales
Challenges 2011, 2(1), 19-36; doi:10.3390/challe2010019
Received: 8 October 2010 / Accepted: 24 January 2011 / Published: 7 February 2011
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Dynamic processes relevant for long-time storage of information about human kind are discussed, ranging from biological and geological processes to the lifecycle of stars and the expansion of the universe. Major results are that life will end ultimately and the remaining time that
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Dynamic processes relevant for long-time storage of information about human kind are discussed, ranging from biological and geological processes to the lifecycle of stars and the expansion of the universe. Major results are that life will end ultimately and the remaining time that the earth is habitable for complex life is about half a billion years. A system retrieved within the next million years will be read by beings very closely related to Homo sapiens. During this time the surface of the earth will change making it risky to place a small number of large memory systems on earth; the option to place it on the moon might be more favorable. For much longer timescales both options do not seem feasible because of geological processes on the earth and the flux of small meteorites to the moon. Full article
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