Data Movage

Kevin Kelly of ‘The Technium’ recently posted a illuminating piece on the concept of “Movage“:

Digital continuity is a real problem. Digital information is very easy to copy within short periods of time, but very difficult to copy over long periods of time. That is, it is very easy to make lots of copies now, but very difficult to get the data to copy over a century. For two reasons:

1) Formats change. Because of rapid technological evolution the “language” which one storage media speaks can become obsolete (incomprehensible) in only a few years. Or the hardware that speaks that language becomes so rare, it cannot be accessed. Who can read the data on ten-year old floppy disks?

2) The storage medium itself can decay. Turns out that paper is much more stable over the long term than most digital media. Magnetic surfaces flake, peel, shatter. And the supposed durable CDs and DVDs aren’t very stable either.

Is there a solution to these unique problems posed by modern-day media?  Fortunately, Kelly’s essay also provides the answer:

The only way to archive digital information is to keep it moving. I call this movage instead of storage. Proper movage means transferring the material to current platforms on a regular basis — that is, before the old platform completely dies, and it becomes hard to do. This movic rythym of refreshing content should be as smooth as a respiratory cycle — in, out, in, out. Copy, move, copy, move.

As it turns out, without knowing about the concept of “movage”, I was already exercising it!  And today, when I look back, the only pieces of digital work I can access from my past 10-15 years are the ones I bothered to keep moving to current media formats…

Are you doing enough to keep your critical data moving?

Kawasaki and the Art of Innovation

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of attending a Business Leadership Seminar organized by a couple of major technology companies, in Mumbai.  This particular event was remarkably different from others in two respects: 1. Renee Mauborgne of “Blue Ocean Strategy” was one of the key speakers at the event, and 2. Guy Kawasaki was the keynote speaker, scheduled to speak on the Art of Innovation!

Now, I would’ve travelled all the way to the other end of Mumbai, at 8 in the morning, to hear any one of them speak in person!  And, here I was getting two for the price of one!!! 

Needless to add, the trip downtown was well worth the time.  Both Renee and Guy were outstanding.  And we, the audience, were left completely enthralled.

Since that day, I’ve been meaning to take the time to write a post about my key takeaway from those two speakers.  While the one on Blue Ocean will have to wait, I’d like to be able to share the essence of Guy’s speech, here…

I googled and discovered that Guy Kawasaki has posted the key points of the Art of Innovation on his blog, for the benefit of his readers.  It’s an educative post that speaks about some of the rules you need to follow, if you want to stay ahead on the Innovation Curve, and includes just gems as “Don’t Be Afraid To Polarize People” and “Think Digital, Act Analog”.

But, a bunch of words posted on a page cannot adequately capture the thrill of listening to Guy deliver his presentation.  It’s such a pleasure to hear the man speak! 

So, I was even more delighted to discover that someone (Zentation) has taken the time and effort to put together a page that not only captures his delivery via video, but also captures the actual slides he presented, so that you can get the full experience!  I’ve been through this version, and it includes 99% the content that I had the benefit of witnessing in Mumbai. 


Kawasaki: The Art of Innovation (blog post)
Zentation : The Art of Innovation (video and slides)