As I was working on various digitizing projects this week, one element that I am constantly aware of is storage. How much is needed? How will it be migrated? Where is it stored? Who will maintain this?
I ran across an article this week that add another whole element this week that has me re-thinking the future of digital archives. Biostorage. Literally, encoding bits of information into the DNA of bacteria. The bacteria multiplys on its own, without the need to migrate data, and self duplication is really LOCKSS, to the extreme, since there may not be a way of controlling the bacteria from doing what it does naturally. The best part is that one gram of bacteria might be able to store as much about 880 TB (the article reports that it can store as much as 450 2,000 GB drives). Though this is in the scientific stages and there is no knowing when biostorage will make its way into digital repositories (will we have to build bio hazard rooms in our cold storage?), it certainly is interesting to consider where data storage might be going.