With growing storage capacities and sinking storage prices, the paradigm of keeping everything is prevailing. However, keeping information accessible, useable and useful goes far beyond purely keeping things, especially in the long run, and entails expenses much larger than just the storage costs. This issue especially applies to content in Content Management Systems where we increasingly face the situation of creating, managing and storing (preserving) multimedia content, which we might never access again due to the pure volume of content.
To overcome these issues, we envision the concept of flexible managed forgetting for information that progressively ceases in importance and finally becomes obsolete as well as for redundant information. We will extend TYPO3 with preservation and forgetting. The forgetting will also reduce the user’s cognitive burden for past activities and information in TYPO3 but still allows access if needed. The same as our brain will retrieve details of our past when remembering and getting associations, the approach will provide such means.
Within the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) of the European Union the "ForgetIT" project strives to build a solution for the mentioned problems. The project has a scope of 3 years and TYPO3 has been selected as CMS to build upon as it is Open Source Software and has an open and active community.
This talk will give an introduction into digital preservation and why companies can greatly profit from it. The current status of the research project will be demonstrated.
An overview of the project can be found on the projects website (of course made with TYPO3): http://www.forgetit-project.eu/