The digital age carries with it the risk that records will either become swiftly illegible or vanish. The system will enable to write the data on ceramic tablets stored for a million years later on.
Thus MOM has developed ceramic data carriers which conserve analog text and images for unlimited intervals of time.
A durable data carrier is crucial. MOM uses high-tech ceramic to store text and images permanently. In addition, legibility needs to be guaranteed. The information in MOM is directly observable because it is analog: Text, illustrations, and photographs.
There will be 2 different methods for data used:
- A print with special ceramic color-stains (in a 300 dpi resolution) for photographs and illustrations, similar to a conventional color-laser printer.
- The specially developed Ceramic Microfilm (in b/w contrast) for texts and mono-colored graphics where text is downsized (five lines per mm) but easily readable with a 10x magnifier. A tablet of Ceramic Microfilm (20×20 cm) can carry up to 5 million characters what equals 5×400-pages books.
Workshop of Photonics delivered system will help deal with the second one – write down the data to ceramic tablets. A book on Ceramic Microfilm requires 1/200 of the volume compared to the printed version.
The geology of the mountain will allow the MOM archive to fully close itself by a natural phenomenon: the salt “flows” with a speed of 2 cm/year into any void. This will protect the archive from the greatest threat; man himself.