the importance of conserving paintings, sculptures, monuments and even
landscapes has largely been understood, hardly anyone is aware of the
vulnerability of documents. Paper containing acid disintegrates, irreplaceable
records can no longer be played, films rot and fade, magnetic tapes lose
their surface, and after a few years, because of changing hard- and software,
electronic documents can no longer be read.
The situation is serious: if our efforts to preserve our existing knowledge
are not intensified, we shall lose a considerable part of our collective
knowledge within the coming decades. Paradoxically, it is the most recent
information on the latest carriers which is the most at risk.
This virtual exhibition is aimed at drawing attention to factors which
threaten the preservation of documentary information in all its forms.