Our digital world is growing at an astounding pace. The ongoing collection, analysis, and dissemination of vast amounts of data is enriching society’s collective knowledge and understanding—its genome—in unprecedented ways. Yet in this golden information age, no person or organization is immune from devastating, irreparable data loss, whether by natural disaster, cyber-attacks, or simple human error.
Society’s Genome is a clarion call to all data users—creators and preservationists alike—to both heed the lessons of history and take inspiration from nature itself in addressing our unquenchable thirst for information and civilization’s need to enduringly safeguard it. This book explores these concerns as well as genetically diverse methods of protecting and preserving society’s genome for future generations.