33 charts was recently selected to be archived in perpetuity at the National Library of Medicine. It’s part of a U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) archive of web content intended to collect and preserve material reflective of medicine’s early 21st century digital transition.
This project is important. Already during my tenure online, the way doctors and patients create and engage has shifted significantly. And going forward, the stream of conversations, comments and content that we all take for granted will quickly pass into history unless captured and protected. Hats off to Christie Moffatt and the team of archivists in the History of Medicine Division at the NLM for making this happen.
Beyond the honor of being selected, it’s reassuring to know that should I suddenly disappear, my public thinking will be retrievable by some medical student or scholar a century from now.