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Re: [ARSCLIST] Hard disk drives and DAT

6 of one, half-dozen of the other. Institutions
(universities/foundations/etc) aren't constrained by the need to turn a
profit on the service. Yet, they're subject to budget vagaries and in that
way are potentially even more at risk than a commercial vendor. In any
institution; what happens if the budget is gutted and not enough funding
exists to properly maintain a storage facility?

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Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 11:29 AM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Hard disk drives and DAT


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.

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).


John Spencer
BMS/ Chace LLC
1801 8th Ave. S.  Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37203
office (615) 385-1251
email: js@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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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