Astronomy in the 21st century produces vast quantities of complex data—the equivalent of the entire internet is generated each day. What do we do with this volume of data and how do we make sense of it? As we continue to explore the universe and reach further in the unknown, what are the challenges and opportunities ahead?

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Watch Dr Alan Duffy talk about the 'beautiful problem' of being able to collect so much data, and why its preservation will be crucial to astronomy and to astronomers in the future.

Dr Alan Duffy is an astronomer and science expert at the Centre for Astrophysics and Computing at Swinburne University, Melbourne.