When the New Horizons craft made its closest approach to Pluto this past summer, it was noted that data and images from the craft would take several weeks to receive, explore and analyze.
A similar long-term data project involves tremors on the Moon. Since seismic monitors were first left by the Apollo missions over 13,000 events have been identified by humans and computers. As reported by New Scientist, researchers in Germany have taken things a bit further, but developing an algorithm that can be much more efficient in identifying these events. Working with a small amount of data from the seismograph left by the Apollo 16 mission, the algorithm identified 210 previously missed events (H/T Gizmodo).
For me, this is another good reason to keep research data around, and in formats that will be accessible for future technologies. Just because research data isn’t of value when it’s collected doesn’t mean it can’t be valuable in the future.