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Re: [ARSCLIST] Hard disk drives and DAT

From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad

John Spencer wrote:

> George,
> I'm not ready to go along with the assumption that all commercial  
> digital repositories charge a "per-chunk, per-time-period fee". There  
> are many cost models for these types of service, based on the Service  
> Level Agreement agreed to by the repository and the customer.

----- John, those were not my words, but Richard Hess'. I quoted them because 
I thought that he would know more about it than I do. I merely know about 

----- reading web posts is extremely difficult, because everybody has a 
different way of quoting, snipping and commenting. So apart from putting the 
reference right here I agree with the relevance of asking as you do. 

> To assume "if you don't keep paying your data goes to the bit bucket  
> in the sky", well, isn't the same true for gas, electricity, water,  
> etc? Not quite sure I agree with the statement - and it would seem  
> than anyone using an outsourced digital repository would have  
> physical backups of the data somewhere else, if a proper disaster  
> plan is in place.
> Are university systems inherently less prone to disaster?
> I'd like more help to understand why university repositories in  
> general are superior to those in the commercial space (and have the  
> implied "added value" of existing in perpetuity). [end John Spence]

Kind regards,


> On Mar 27, 2007, at 6:59 PM, George Brock-Nannestad wrote:
> > Hello Richard,
> >
> > you wrote a good argument for being more optimistic than I am and a  
> > generally
> > interesting discussion. However, the greatest argument for some  
> > optimism was
> > in a response to John Spencer,
> > in which you stated:
> >
> > "The commercial digital repositories that I am aware of charge a
> > per-chunk, per-time-period fee and if you don't keep paying your data
> > goes to the bit bucket in the sky. The university systems I am
> > familiar with have a higher cost-of-entry, but for a one-time fee
> > they are storing your data in perpetuity"

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