Evolution of E-Information and How It Is Today
From the time of past ages, information is something that humans have very much interacted with. In the beginning, this varies types of information as farming techniques, irrigation techniques, folk stories, myths, hunting and all sought of important information was passed down by mouth, from generation to generation.
However, there was much risk of this information disappearing in the process. Therefore, they started noting them down on stones, papyrus papers and other material, but this as later generations came into play, was also not the best method of storing their valuable information. Therefore, finally there came the existence of electronic data storage, which marked a turning point for storing information.
Sources of Electronic Information Storage
There are Information clouds, mobile phones, computers, memory cards and chips, e-mail, messaging apps, eDocuments and other eDevices capable of storing information.
Uses of electronic information
Today, information is a very important part of life and all types of industries. In fact, there are companies and educational institutes established solely for the purpose of storing information and also teaching methods of storing information. Information technology has become a completely separate industry.
This stored information is used to help in decision making, support innovation, creating systems, and maximize the productivity of various functions, in law firms, intelligence agencies and across many other industries. Some companies outsource the function of information management to outside companies. Thus, even providing job opportunities to individuals skilled at it.
Problems Encountered in the Use of Information
One main problem encountered is, the erasing of stored information. Sometimes due to technical issues, these data could get erased. Sometimes this stored information is also deleted purposely, especially when its existence may prove to be a threat to a person’s security. Finally, certain information is restricted due to its volatility. Accessing such information may require access passcodes. Highly classified information may even require sophisticated tools to access them.
Accessing previously stored information is very easy with today’s technology devices, but when dealing with an ocean of information, accessing specific information may be difficult.
Therefore, this information may not be available when it is most needed, whether it is to make a decision, take action or even some legal matter.
Solutions to These Problems
Well, eDiscovery is one way to recover information that has been erased or purposely deleted. This method uses various digital forensic tools to go deep into these data pools and recover information that has lost; they are powerful to the extent that they can dig deep into information that has been even repeatedly and purposefully deleted. Next, storing information systematically or in specific places will also help in accessing them.
The importance of e-information has been felt across the world for which reasons that now everyone is very much concerned about improving information technology. Educational institutes have opened specific courses of studies just for teaching and discovering ways of information management. e-information technology is yet evolving to its full capabilities and in the future may rise to unrealistic heights.