While we know that paper records properly stored can last for hundreds of years electronic records ? like email ? may not be available in twenty. This is because computers, software and media quickly become obsolete and the information, including email records, cannot be retrieved. Indeed there is something in the nature of emails that people are less inclined to deliberately file them, to value them as a permanent record as they would as a hand written letter.
The Powerhouse Museum is embarking on a project with nineMSN called Email Australia in which they are asking people to submit their favourite emails which will then become part of Australia first email archive.