Here’s “the problem,” slightly expurgated to avoid triggering nannyware:
In the last couple centuries, we’ve created a number of self-encapsulated data sets, or “files”. Be they letters, programs, tapes, stamped foil, piano rolls, you name it. And while many of those data sets are self- evident, a ****-ton are not. They’re obscure. They’re weird. And worst of all, many of them are the vital link to scores of historical information.
First thought: That’s not a statement of a solvable problem. It’s a statement of a situation which gives rise to many different problems. Still, throwing in some of my efforts can lead to professional contacts and maybe even a paying contract, and it’s the kind of thing I’d be doing anyway, so I’ve signed up for the wiki.
Extra points to anyone who can write a novel about the formats problem in 30 days.