[Taxacom] Obscure web site
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Fri Aug 17 23:35:20 CDT 2012
On 8/17/2012 8:28 AM, Richard Zander wrote:
> Interesting thread here. Another problem with digital legacy is email.
> Will the history of science slam to a halt when it comes to 1990?
I never preserved copies of paper correspondence; it's fortunate that no
one will care about it save for the small amount exchanged with people
who were actually important.
But I can find Taxacom posts going back for decades. Posts I made to
newsgroups in the early 1990s. I went looking for a quote, and all but
one of the online sources were posts I had made to a typography group,
and responses to my post (the one antedated all that by a decade, so
evidently I didn't originate it).
There are only a small number of mailbox formats; if anyone cared, it
would be easy to make a program to mine mailboxes, parse the headers,
and put everything into a useful, searchable format. But institutions
are taking a different view of email: unless the law says it must be
retained for a set period of time, destroy it! lest it be discoverable
The "good" news is that it has never been easy to be a historian of science.
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