Monolith™

The Digital Humanities Lab of the University of Basel has developed a workflow called ‘Monolith’ for migrationless preservation of digital data on optical media. It combines the advantages of photographic material and standard digital imaging technology to create a long-term, migrationless archiving system. This is achieved by the hybrid characteristics of the optical carrier. Any arbitrary binary bit stream is stored along with human-readable technical, structural, and contextual metadata. Original files of any appropriate format are stored on film as visual 2D barcodes. This process can be regarded as a materialization of binary data, which becomes visual and physical. Monolith has no limitation regarding the format of the file to be archived, and it requires no migration and no energy to transport information into the future.