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Re: CDs, was DATs, Was Re: arsclist Duplicating casette tapes

From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad

Perhaps I should mention that UNESCO is coordinating meetings 
of understanding between media manufacturers (later equipment 
manufacturers) and IASA, the International Association of Sound 
and Audiovisual Archives, as well as FIAT/IFTA the International 
Federation of Television Archives. There is an understanding on the 
side of manufacturers that archives have a need for stability rather 
than speed (CD-R's) and for information regarding typically reel-to-
reel and video magnetic tape, and archives have an understanding 
that media manufacturers are not deciding the pace of 
development, and the archives will obviously respect proprietary 
trade information in order that competition between firms (of which 
there are fewer and fewer) will not be distorted. UNESCO itself 
(under the auspices of the Memory of the World programme) will 
act as a type of clearinghouse.

But the optimistic conclusion of a recent meeting in Paris on 14 
June 2002 was that it would indeed be possible to have a CD-R 
manufactured which would adhere to "older" standards of reliability 
connected to slower speed.

Like all development, this will probably be slow going, and a lot of 
stop-gap measures will be needed by the various archives. In my 
view, the most important is actually the pick-off of the signal from 
the original media, unless it is already in a "digital" form, in which 
case we "only" have coding problems. And that problem will be 
with us for a long time yet and will not be solved by the media 

Kind regards,

George Brock-Nannestad
Patent Tactics
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