Category Archives: Data growth

The Birth and Growth of Scientific Journals

Today in 1665, the first issue of the Journal des sçavans (later renamed Journal des savants), was published in Paris. It is widely regarded as the first scientific journal but a more apt description would be a journal for men of … Continue reading

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Copies, Copies Everywhere

Today in 1876, Thomas Edison received a patent for a “method of preparing autographic stencils for printing.” The term “mimeograph” to describe this duplicating machine was first used by Albert Blake Dick when he licensed Edison’s patents in 1887. Hillel Schwartz in The Culture … Continue reading

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The Digital Revolution (Infographic)

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The Birth and Growth of Scientific Journals

Today in 1665, the first issue of the Journal des sçavans (later renamed Journal des savants), was published in Paris. It is widely regarded as the first scientific journal but a more apt description would be a journal for men of … Continue reading

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Coping with Information Overload, 1964

To cope with the present information explosion we suggest the following:  1) No one should publish any new papers. 2) If 1) is not feasible only short papers should be published. “Short” means not more than 2500 characters counting “space,” … Continue reading

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One Billion Hard Drives and Counting

Today in 2008, Seagate Technology announced that it was the first hard drive manufacturer worldwide to have shipped 1 billion hard drives. The 1 billion hard drives Seagate has delivered equates to approximately 79 million terabytes, able to store 158 billion hours … Continue reading

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Books Published, Indexed, Digitized, 1650-2000

8 million books were published prior to the 19th century, while 1 million books were published in 2008 alone. Sine the invention of the movable type, an estimated 100 million books have been printed. The graph below shows the number … Continue reading

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