Media Studies

  • 2017 May 03

    SIZE MATTERS: Knowledge, Storage, and the History of Compression



    Barker Center, Room 133

    Does compression have a history?

    Alongside a cognitive challenge of “too much to know,” information overload poses a physical challenge of “too much to store.” Indeed, the possibilities of “big data” today are predicated on technologies that compress data into ever “smaller” sizes. On the one hand, major libraries such as the NYPL, coping with spatial shortage, have increasingly emphasized the provision of digital resources – shifting physical collections off site, and in the process sparking heated debates with researchers.