Curriculum Administrator, June 1998, p. 41

Computer experts are finding some big problems with digital storage, once thought to be the “permanent” way to archive. But through accidents or poor storage conditions, many of the common media used to save computerized records and materials can go bad.

This is especially dangerous when so many school records are now in computer-only formats and have never existed in hard-copy paper form.

What to do? Think of computers and digital files as temporary only—and keep extra copies by making duplicate electronic files and paper printouts.