COBECORE is focussed on digitizing data to make it easier to analyze data. However, when it comes to storage digital data are precarious and fickle. In COBECORE we will see to it that data is stored in human readable formats. But, I’ll leave you with this XKCD comic to provide some context to the issue of data provenance. Most of you will probably relate with issues from broken CDs, bad backup tapes to crashed hard drives.