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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
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
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
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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:
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?
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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