The Domesday Book, created in 1086, remains future compatible with no data corruption issues.
In 1986, the BBC asked UK schools to contribute to a new Domesday project. The aim was to create a record of everyday life, through school children’s eyes. This time though, they would use the latest technology.
1986 was a long time before Web 2.0 or even the World Wide Web but they managed to record a lot of this data digitally.
Using a BBC format of LaserDisc (like a huge compact disc), this was cutting edge digital technology of the time, but the format did not take off and quickly became obsolete.
For years it sat inaccessible, but in the last 10 years work has taken place to reverse engineer the data. Whilst the printed word has no compatibility issues, translating obsolete digital formats present a huge technical challenge. Now for the first time you can get the information on-line.