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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From Analog to Digital: Film and Music

Today in 2007, Netflix announced its billionth DVD delivery. Today, with more than 23 million streaming members globally, Netflix claims it is “the world’s leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows.” Today in 2010, Apple announced that it has sold … Continue reading

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From Analog to Digital: Bank Checks

Today in 1925, New York banker, George McCarthy received a patent for the Checkograph, the first bank check photographing device and the first practical use of commercial microfilm. In 1928 Eastman Kodak bought McCarthy’s invention and began to market it under … 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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