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Re: [ARSCLIST] Hard disk drives and DAT


I've probably bored the list to tears at this point, as I usually don't post on a daily basis and I can put my wife to sleep in 30 seconds when I talk about work...so sorry, everyone in advance.

I agree with your first paragraph in totality. Certainly, if not properly budgeted, digital migration projects can DECREASE access and viability.

Your second paragraph states clearly that ALL storage media only postpones the problem. But since we don't know what the solution is at this time, aren't some of these formats a reasonable course of action?

In the third paragraph, I would propose that an entire industry of data backup services has become very cost-effective due to Sarbanes- Oxley and HIPPA compliance, and one could make the logical "leap of faith" that the Service Level Agreements of those companies would rival those of a TDR. Every once in a while, private industry can provide a cost-effective solution - let's face it - all of us in the digital archive business benefit from the technology leaps that occur within the IT community, while our own industry is quite small and could not otherwise drive manufacturers to create the equipment we have available. That is where I jump off the government/ university train.


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On Mar 27, 2007, at 3:44 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:

At 03:46 PM 2007-03-27, John Spencer wrote:
[Richard wrote:]
I am extremely concerned about asking any archive in position B. to
worry about what they have created long term.

Could you clarify that statement? Are you saying that any archive in "position B" should NOT worry about the digital preservation files they have created and how they are stored?

Hello, John,

I would not entrust to any organizations (with perhaps a few exceptions) that are chronically underfunded and lacking in IT expertise the long-term responsibility of managing the life cycles of a transitional digital archive. I see this is an invitation to defer the management of the archive by using already scarce funding for immediate needs. In the end, a crisis is generated and heroics have to happen in order to preserve most of the archive.

I honestly don't care if it's gold audio CD, gold data CD, DVD of any flavour, LTO tape, or hard drives on the shelf. The interim solution doesn't solve the problem, it merely postpones it.

On the other hand, handing over your data with an in-perpetuity storage contract is as stable and as secure as the in-perpetuity provider. Only major universities and government entities strike me, at first glance, as having the staying power to ensure that the common definition of "in perpetuity" is meant.

Hope this clarifies a bit.



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