The majority of business information is still spending much of its lifespan on paper, despite the fact that paper presents an ongoing challenge to businesses.
Last December, just as everyone was preparing to head home for the festive break, a worrying story hit the scientific research press. A team at the University of British Columbia had been attempting to collect original research data from a random set of 516 studies published between 1991 and 2011. They discovered that 80% of the scientific data that informed the studies had been lost.
They noticed that for the first two years after publication, data was properly filed, protected and stored. Then it started to disappear, at a rate of 17% a year. Never to be found again.