According to a recent article published by IDC, “From 2005 to 2020, the digital universe will grow by a factor of 300, from 130 exabytes to 40,000 exabytes, or 40 trillion gigabytes (more than 5,200 gigabytes for every man, woman, and child in 2020). From now until 2020, the digital universe will about double every two years.”
Wow. Big numbers, huh? As astonishing as this data growth is, information is meaningless without a purpose. For example, the Vatican has recently added 2.8 petabytes of storage. So…who cares?
What is the purpose of this data growth? A recent press release highlights the Vatican’s vision to digitize its entire catalog of historic manuscripts. Their goal is to digitally preserve some of the world’s most historic and delicate texts that are currently vulnerable to deterioration and decay. Thus, ensuring that the accumulated knowledge of generations is freely available for future study.
So who cares? I definitely do!
What does the data you create actually do for you? It’s definitely doing wonders for me!
To be continued…