Data stewardship has always mattered. We humans have been recording valuable data for thousands of years—all we have to do is look at the Lascaux cave paintings in southwestern France for images that are believed to be over 17,000 years old. And sometimes, we have even invested in beautiful monuments to store our data repositories and to symbolize the knowledge within. Observing, capturing, and preserving information about this planet are behaviors that seem to be wired into our DNA.

The Radcliffe Camera at the Bodleian Library at Oxford is one such beautiful monument to data stewardship. This image of the Bodleian—which I discovered through Fodor’s 20 Most Stunning Libraries—makes me stop and marvel, not only at the curves of the dome and the lines of the columns, but at the determination of the architects and builders who spent over 100 years constructing this beauty, to store and protect a wealth of knowledge for centuries to come.

This week, Tampa hosts the GEOINT2013* Symposium, an important gathering for people who live, eat, and breathe Geospatial. The Quantum team will be at GEOINT in Booth #1017 to talk to people about how StorNext 5 Scale-out Storage & Archive can solve geospatial data management challenges—whether the challenges are with fast capture of satellite data—or in figuring out how to enable collaboration across boundaries—or in finding cost-effective ways to preserve the mission data for the long-term—and sometimes forever. If you’re going to GEOINT2013*, please drop by the Quantum booth to talk to some of my favorite StorNext colleagues!

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