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How Much Information? 2003

The research study documented on this site is a continuation of a study conducted in 2000 that estimated "how much new information is created each year." The results of the most recent study, which were published on October 27, 2003, show the approximate amount of new information stored on film, magnetic, optical, and print media in the year 2002. This figure totaled five exabytes, or five billion gigabytes. Different kinds of information streams are also analyzed, consisting of radio, television, telephone, and the Internet. These electronic data flows accounted for nearly eighteen exabytes. Comparisons to the previous study are also drawn. The full report of the study can be downloaded as a 112-page document or viewed online.
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  • https://scout.wisc.edu/report/nsdl/met/2003/1107
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2003
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November 7th, 2003
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November 6th, 2003 at 12:46pm
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November 6th, 2003 at 12:46pm
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